Are the Clippers looking to trade up in the draft or just make their two picks?

first_imgThe Clippers want tough-minded competitors. They could use a shooting guard and, especially, a center. Jordan could opt out of his contract for next season and become a free agent, and the Clippers are likely to use one of their picks to take a center in order to hedge their bets.WHO MIGHT BE AVAILABLE?Robert Williams, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound center from Jordan’s alma mater of Texas A&M, could be one of the Clippers’ two selections. Lonnie Walker, a shooting guard from the University of Miami, could be another. Kentucky’s Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also could fit the bill.WILL THEY MAKE A TRADE?Moving up in the draft via a trade is a distinct possibility.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?The Clippers’ biggest moves probably won’t happen until 2019, when they’ll have plenty of salary-cap space and are expected to use it on free agents. Don’t expect them to pursue LeBron James this summer. Do expect them to make a trade or two, especially if San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard is available.Related Articles Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In many ways, the Clippers have been victims of their own success in recent years. But by missing the playoffs this past season for the first time since 2010-11, they have their first lottery pick since selecting Al-Farouq Aminu eighth overall in 2010.Griffin, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, was the last player the Clippers drafted who made a significant contribution to the team. He followed the picks of Eric Gordon (seventh) and DeAndre Jordan (35th) in 2008. Otherwise, the pickings have been pretty slim.Last season, the Clippers didn’t have a draft pick but traded for the rights to Jawun Evans, who was picked 39th by the Philadelphia 76ers, and Sindarius Thornwell, who was selected 48th by the Milwaukee Bucks. Both played significant roles for the injury-depleted team in 2017-18.Bottom line: this draft is important for the Clippers.WHAT ARE THEIR DRAFT NEEDS?Frank scouted players to observe their skills, of course, but also to see how they responded to adversity. He wanted to see how they reacted to being pulled from a game, what their body language was like on the bench and how they bounced back from a defeat the next day in practice. Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie If the past 12 months proved anything, it’s that the Clippers aren’t going to be hesitant to remake their roster while attempting to return to elite status in the NBA. After all, they traded Chris Paul last spring and Blake Griffin last winter.It’s possible the Clippers will simply make their picks at Nos. 12 and 13 in the NBA draft on Thursday and then turn their attention to the opening of the free agency window July 1. But it’s just as likely they’ll make a trade and move up in the draft.The only thing for certain is nothing is certain.Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, and Jerry West, the team’s special consultant, haven’t been content with the status quo. The Clippers weren’t contenders in the opinion of Frank and West, so changes were made and a rebuilding project was undertaken.last_img

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