This summer got off to an incredible start with Chris Paul stealing the headlines as he decided to opt out on his deal just to be traded to the Houston Rockets to try and win a Championship alongside James Harden and stop Golden State’s supremacy.
And after all the speculation surrounding both him and Blake, it seemed like a lock that the All-Star power forward would also leave Doc Rivers’ team to try and compete on a better-suited squad now that CP3 wasn’t on board.
Nonetheless, Griffin reportedly agreed to stay in Los Angeles for the long run, so Doc Rivers needs to act fast to try and make up for the loss of the best point guard in the Western Conference to try and build around Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
And with JJ Redick also leaving the team to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Clippers are in a very tough spot and need to be quite aggressive this upcoming day, but at least they have a lot of money to offer to try and lure talented free agents to the Staples Center. So today, we’ll talk about 3 guys that could actually help them a lot.
3. Rajon Rondo
With Paul’s departure, the Clippers were left with no starting point guard and with George Hill reportedly keen to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and considering how injury prone Deron Williams is, Rondo’s practically the lone proven choice to be trusted to run a team’s offense.
Still, Rondo’s a very risky pickup at this stage of his career, although he could be quite productive on a short term deal while the Clippers look for their point guard of the future via trade or draft.
2. Danilo Gallinari
Gallinari’s reportedly one of their main targets during this offseason, considering he’s a standout offensive player that could lead any team’s offense with his versatility and touch from three-point territory, and with the Nuggets ready to move on and let the Italian forward walk.
Still, also considering how injury prone Gallo is, he’d be a very risky pickup for the Clippers or any other team this summer, but his talent is definitely worth the gamble, and he could create a very strong 1-2 punch alongside Blake Griffin, especially in some small ball lineups.
1. Rudy Gay
Gay is currently drawing a lot of interest from several teams due to his two-way talent and high upside, although he’s constantly fallen short of the expectations but has still managed to put a lot of good seasons despite not blossoming into that perennial All-Star player everybody expected out of him.
So, Gay could thrive on Rivers offense while also helping their team defense a lot, although the fact that he missed over the half season with the Kings the prior campaign definitely raises some questions about his health at this point.