By Brendan Patel on March 15, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers have salaries committed to nine players next year and two more with player options. They are well over the salary cap and hovering around the luxury tax threshold. Owner Donald Sterling is known for being frugal with contracts, although recently there has been a change of attitude. It is possible that the Clippers will only have the veteran’s minimum to offer free agents unless they can clear some salary off.
Steve Blake was traded to the Golden State Warriors this year, but he has mentioned how much he enjoyed playing in Los Angeles. His family is situated here, and it could be an ideal situation for him. He provides shooting, toughness and experience, potentially giving the Clippers a leader with their second unit who can play on the ball or off the ball.
Shaun Livingston has played well this year for the Brooklyn Nets and would be a cheap option. He has played with star players and could fill a variety of roles with the reserves. He's not a great shooter but can provide playmaking ability and solid defense.
Anthony Morrow has a player option for next year, but the prospect of playing for a contender could be appealing. Strictly a three-point specialist, he would greatly help to spread the floor for the Clippers. Doc Rivers likes to have shooters on the court, and Morrow could fit well with this offense.
Elton Brand was once an All-Star for the Clippers, but his play has declined as he has grown older. He is still a decent defender with a solid mid-range game who could give the Clippers a reliable big off the bench. More importantly, he would be an excellent addition to the locker room.
Kenyon Martin had a brief stint with the Clippers and has mentioned in the past that the team lacks the toughness to go far in the playoffs. Martin has played surprisingly well in limited time this year and looks as if he still has a couple of good years left in him. If he can stay healthy, his physicality and attitude would be a nice complement to the team’s younger players.
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