By Daron Grandberry on August 7, 2014
With a lack of depth at small forward and in the post, the Los Angeles Clippers are basically the same team who lost to the Thunder in the playoffs. Although the Clippers added Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar, here are five free agents the Clippers should still pursue.
Although Michael Beasley has not lived up to his college success, the former No. 2 overall selection has averaged 13.2 PPG and 4.9 RPG during his six year pro career. After another lackluster season back in Miami, Beasley should be on the market at a low price. The Clippers could use help at the small forward position and maybe Doc Rivers and Chris Paul can help Beasley regain confidence in himself.
Despite missing the entire 2013-14 season with a herniated disc in his neck, the 31-year-old Okafor would be a good addition to a Clippers team who could use depth at the post position. Although the Clippers have Spencer Hawes and Glenn Davis off the bench, Okafor is a better rebounder and should come cheap. In his nine seasons Okafor has averaged 12.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG and 1.7 BPG.
Like Beasley, the former All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts hasn't had the NBA career he imagined. In his five year career Douglas-Roberts has played for four NBA teams and played 18 games in the D-League for the Texas Legends. Although Douglas-Roberts only averaged 6.9 PPG and 2.4 RPG last season for Charlotte, his defense on the perimeter and his ability to get to the basket could make him a good fit for the Clippers.
Despite reports that Marion is interested in joining LeBron James in Cleveland, Doc Rivers and the Clippers should pursue the veteran forward before it's too late. Although the 15-year veteran is 36 years old, Marion is still able to contribute at the small forward position. Last season Marion averaged 10.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG and 1.2 SPG. Marion may be at the end of his career but he can still contribute to a young Clippers team.
The Clippers should really be interested in reuniting Ray Allen with former head coach Doc Rivers. Although the Clippers have quality shooting guards in Jamal Crawford and JJ Redick, adding the league's overall leader in career three-point shots made can only help the Clippers. Having both Allen and Redick running the baseline would only make things easier for Blake Griffin and De'Andre Jordan in the post. Would Allen be interested in LA?
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