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I trust this finds you well.
How’s Milwaukee? Hope you’re settling in okay. I’m okay. I mean, things could be better.
Look, I’m sorry it didn’t work out in LA. Things haven’t turned out so well for either you or the Clippers since you left. You were meant to be The Answer—not like Allen Iverson but just a guy that could play the wings, try his best and knock down open shots. Who would’ve thought that player would be so hard to find, right?
Anyway, you probably know but Matt Barnes has been starting in your old position and things haven’t been going so well since he picked up Yoga. Sure, he lost some weight but between you and me, I think he lost his jump shot, too.
He hit a couple of threes against San Antonio on Monday night but he’s still just 7-for-22 on the season—before that he hit 3-for-31 in the preseason. You do the math.
After you left, the Clippers got that guy from Charlotte with the funny hair, Chris Douglas-Roberts. Some people thought he was Matt Barnes-Lite. The Clippers even invested in custom-made short-shorts to help him “check the best guy” but he’s seldom taken off his warm-up pants this year. Remember Doc’s Doghouse?
Anyway, things have gotten so bad at small forward that Jamal has started the last couple of games.
If those guys are killing it now, imagine what will happen if the Clippers make the playoffs and have to guard Kevin Durant in a seven-game series? Oh, man.
There’s this kid—I don’t know if you remember him—Reggie Bullock. He’s hit a couple of shots but is still raw. For now, he might be the best option the Clippers have, at least for a few minutes per game. He mightn’t be a good defender but at least he’ll hit some open shots.
Seriously though, things are pretty bad. The Clippers need help but there’s not many guys kicking around.
Did you hear about free-agent Jordan Hamilton? He’s bounced around the league these past couple of years and may be worth a shot. First, he’s big. He’s 6-foot-8 and super athletic. He’s also shown he can light it up.
He’s not a known defender but he’s got length and at this point the Clippers should take whoever they can get.
It would be good if Doc wasn’t so obsessed with shooters. He drafted another one just before you were traded, ahead of guys like K.J. McDaniels. (Did you see that block?!) Even an athlete like Cleanthony Early would’ve helped.
It’s slim pickings out there. If the Clippers want to contend truly they may have to make a move.
Chase Budinger is still up in Minnesota, isn’t he? Maybe Minny will unload him now that it’s got all those young guys. After all, he was part of the “Kevin Love Era”, which is over now. He shot over 40 percent from deep a couple of years ago before injuries forced him to miss a bunch of games. He’s an athlete too.
Who else? Remember last season when the Clippers nearly traded Darren for Iman Shumpert? Doc was really interested in him but I don’t know if the Clippers have the pieces now. He mightn’t be a clear cut small forward but he’s a solid defender and he’s athletic.
Gerald Green is another guy that comes to mind. He’s only got a year left on his deal. Hell, I wonder if Wilson Chandler’s available. You can tell things are pretty dire.
Something needs to happen. The West is brutal. Golden State is killing it and Trevor Ariza was a great get for Houston.
I guess you’re glad you’re in the East now.
I bet Doc just sits on the team for now, sees what happens at the deadline and waits for some bargain bin buyout guys. The only thing that scares me is that it may already be too late.
Anyway, like I said, no hard feelings. At least we’ll always have that game winner you hit against Minnesota.
See you in a couple of weeks. You’ll probably score a career high.
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