Since the day the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Chris Paul, they have viewed themselves as a team on the cusp of truly contending for a championship.
The thought was pairing Paul with power Blake Griffin would raise his game to the next level. That has happened, but the Clippers have not been able to advance past the second round of the postseason. Last year, they made upgrades in the offseason, signing Darren Collison, trading for J.J. Redick and of course, hiring Doc Rivers as their head coach.
They will try to make a few more upgrades this summer.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Clippers have placed a call to Cleveland Cavaliers’ free agent forward Luol Deng while Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times reports the Clippers are interested in Memphis Grizzlies’ reserve big man Ed Davis.
Clippers have called on Luol Deng tonight, source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Clippers also interested in free agent Ed Davis, sources
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2014
Davis, who became an unrestricted free agent after the Grizzlies did not tender him a qualifying offer, which would have made him a restricted free agent, averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season while shooting 53.4% from the field and 52.8% from the free throw line last season.
Deng averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 43.1% from the field, 30.2% from three and 79.1% from the charity stripe. The Dallas Mavericks were reportedly the first team to make a call on Deng.