Los Angeles Clippers Close to Signing Two Free Agents
The Los Angeles Clippers currently have a starting lineup in place that will be very competitive in the Western Conference in 2014-15. Even with a bench that is already stacked, the Clippers are on the verge of signing two free agents who will create quality depth for the team.
Small forward Hedo Turkoglu and shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts are reportedly close to signing short-term contracts with Los Angeles. Turkoglu’s contract will be for one-year, $1.4 million, while it is unknown how much the Clippers intend to pay Douglas-Roberts.
Many fans may question why Los Angeles is re-signing Turkoglu after he averaged only 3.0 points and 10.3 minutes per game in 38 contests last season. Not to mention, he has not recorded an above-average player efficiency rating since 2007. However, even though he will not play a big role for the team going forward, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes that Turkoglu can provide a spark off the bench when necessary. More specifically, he can still knock down the 3-pointer consistently, which can potentially be a huge role.
Meanwhile, Douglas-Roberts also brings a spark off the bench in the sense of solid 3-point shooting and defense. After spending some time in the D-League the past two seasons, the Charlotte Bobcats called him up in December. The 27-year-old played in 49 games (eight starts) and averaged 6.9 points per contest. Los Angeles has a great wing rotation as it is, but Douglas-Roberts will strengthen it by providing relief for J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford.