Even with the recent addition of veteran Grant Hill, the Los Angeles Clippers are still eyeing another addition to the backend of their roster.
According to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, the Clippers could still be interested in big man Darko Milicic, whose tires the team was kicking prior to the addition of Hill.
More than anything, the Clippers are looking to bolster their front court depth. The Clippers are limited in the way of talent behind starters Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, meaning that adding some more backups during the offseason will give them more options once the regular season gets closer.
By adding Milicic, the Clippers would be getting an experienced-yet-underwhelming center who can provide the occasional solid outing. His offensive production is hit-or-miss and his defense is average at best. Still, the potential is there for him to be a decent contributor off of the bench.
Throughout his nine-year NBA career, Milicic has averaged 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 18.5 minutes per game. During that time, he has played in 467 games (208 starts) for five different teams. The most recent franchise that Milicic hit the hardwood for was the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Another option that the Clippers are currently exploring is adding free agent Ryan Hollins, another NBA journeyman who would provide help off of the bench. He’s limited offensively, but, like Milicic, would give the Clippers a big body to babysit the post while the starters are resting.
There’s still plenty of time for the Clippers to scout out their free agency options, especially since they’re only looking to add someone at or near the veteran minimum. To think that they’re actually considering Milicic, though, means that they aren’t expecting much production from whoever fills the opening.