The Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks struck a deal on Tuesday. The Clippers dealt veteran forward Jared Dudley and a protected 2017 first round pick to the Bucks in exchange for veteran shooting guard Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second-round pick.
If healthy, Delfino could be a big help to the Clippers and a potential upgrade from Dudley but Delfino missed the entire 2013-2014 season and it looks like the Clippers are instead going to waive Delfino using the stretch provision.
According to Sam Amick of The USA Today, the player the Clippers could be after is Charlotte Hornets’ free agent veteran guard Chris Douglas-Roberts.
One strong free agent possibility is 27-year-old shooting guard Chris Douglas Roberts, though he can’t sign until the aforementioned moves are made. Roberts averaged 6.9 points and 20.7 minutes for the Charlotte Hornets last season in 49 games. Another possibility is big man Ekpe Udoh, the 27-year-old who visited with the Clippers on Tuesday. Udoh, who was taken sixth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2010 draft, spent the last three seasons coming off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks. Raduljica is also likely to be waived by the Clippers, and his possible buyout (he’s owed $1.5 million) could also create more salary cap space.
Of course, the Clippers are just short of the hard cap so signing any player could be a problem unless they do release some of these players to create more cap space.
Douglas-Roberts averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.7 minutes per game while playing in 49 games last season. He shot 44.0% from the field, 38.6% from beyond the arc and 80.5% from the free throw line. In his five-year career, he’s put up 7.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 44.2% from the floor, 33.5% from three and 82.8% from the charity stripe.
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