First off, apologies that this is just now going up. Also, apologies to those who want me to participate in the “Can the Los Angeles Clippers sign Kevin Durant?” charade, an event that is just inviting to feed the trolls, whether they’re writing in the comments section or sitting at a desk on national television.
Of course, the fact that the Clippers even got a meeting with the Oklahoma City SF is a credit to the Clippers. At least the organization doesn’t need the media to advocate for them like Paul Heyman.
But I digress. The Clippers have a better chance of signing Durant in 2016 than they had a chance of signing Cleveland Cavaliers SF LeBron James in 2010 (not having a bigot owner is a step), but it’s not going to happen. And if it does, I’m sure we’ll have the emojis on here.
What is going to happen – because it already happened – is that the Clippers front office got a bit of a shakeup:
— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) June 30, 2016
Frank was a key part of the Clippers defense finishing in the top-five this past season, so his presence will be missed on the sideline. And it remains to be seen what kind of tangible impact will be seen with this current front office structure; Dave Wohl is still the GM, and Wohl and Frank will both report to the head coach, Doc Rivers.
Which brings us to the Clippers free agents. There are eight:
– Backup C Cole Aldrich (1.1 blocks per game)
– Bench PF Jeff Ayres
– Sixth Man of the Year SG Jamal Crawford (1.5 threes per game)
– PF Jeff Green (allegedly gone)
– Backup SF Wesley Johnson (1.1 steals per game)
– Starting SF Luc Mbah a Moute
– 3rd-string PG Pablo Prigioni
– Backup PG Austin Rivers
As you can see, the Clippers free agent crop is more quantity concern than quality concern. Over the next two weeks, we’ll see how the Clippers go about retaining and replacing these players.
For now, enjoy the moratorium, and the holiday. Remember, none of these deals are official until the ink dries!