The Clippers plan to sign DaJuan Summers out of the D-League, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports.
Summers will fit into the 15th spot on the roster after the Clips waived forward Trey Thompkins earlier Thursday afternoon. Thompkins hadn’t played in a game all season after suffering a bone bruise in the Vegas Summer League back in July. In his second NBA season, Thompkins was eventually supposed to provide help as a stretch four, but unfortunately, that never worked out.
ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Summers is expected to be in practice tomorrow. The 25 year old, who can provide some outside shooting, played in 15 games earlier this year for the New Orleans Hornets. He was previously with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, where he averaged 18.0 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. He is currently listed as the No. 1 prospect in the D-League, according to the league’s website.
Summers was originally selected out of Georgetown by the Detroit Pistons with the 35th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Though he has never gotten the chance to consistently garner a significant amount of minutes at the NBA level, there was a time when he was a premiere college player – and it wasn’t that long ago. At Georgetown, Summers worked in an offense that evolved around a good point guard (Chris Wright, who recently signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks) and a brilliant-passing big man to set up shooters (Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe). He was a consistent shooter and scorer and actually led the Hoyas in scoring in his junior year, his final collegiate season, averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 38.5 percent on 4.4 three-point attempts a night.
The Clippers roster is now full at 15 until Maalik Wayns’ 10-day contract runs up next week.
In his stint in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws, Summers was one of the top players in the league despite being mainly a sixth man. It may sound weird that the No. 1 D-League prospect was a sixth man on his own team but the team featured Micah Downs, Chris Wright (the forward version and not the new Maverick) and sometimes Fab Melo. Summers mainly plays at small forward or power forward because of his 6-foot-8 height, which allows him to work both around the perimeter and the post. Summers looked like a solid back-to-the basket player with some solid post moves but I really doubt that he’ll be able to work like that in the NBA.