Los Angeles Clippers were looking to bolster their squad, but the move they made is quite puzzling based on what the team needs to succeed this season.
The Clips were reportedly on the market for Andrew Bynum as they need an interior presence to back up DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. But it appears that they have taken themselves out of the market so far and instead signed former Orlando Magic swingman Hedo Turkoglu on a deal for the reminder of the season.
It’s quite unclear what Turkoglu can add to the team. The Turkish wing was one of the most dangerous perimeter players in his prime, but right now he is nothing more than a spot-up shooter on the offensive side of the ball – a role the Clips have already filled on their roster with the likes of Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. He is also a liability defensively despite being 6-foot-10.
Turkoglu has the height to stretch the floor from the PF position and he can also be a mismatch for the majority of small forwards based on his height, but his defensive issues make this a strange pickup by the Clips, especially considering he hasn’t played in almost a full calendar year. Apparently Doc Rivers was really keen to add him, and he was impressed with him after he worked out in L.A. in front of several executives. But he is nothing more than a shooter and shouldn’t be a big part of the team’s rotation barring any injury.
The Clippers should remain on the market if they have the chance to make a deal for a big man. Turkoglu’s arrival doesn’t solve the interior issues they have, and unless they address that, the Clippers won’t be ready to contend in a stacked Western Conference.