Since July 1, the Clips have already made headlines by reaching a verbal agreement for a max contract with point guard Chris Paul. CP3 was the first domino to fall, followed by a three-team deal with the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks that saw the Clips deal Eric Bledsoe and the expiring contract of Caron Butler for sharp shooter J.J. Redick and swingman Jared Dudley.
Even with the perimeter upgrades, Lob City is still thin in the paint and could use another backup big in the rotation. During the regular season, the Clips were one of the league’s better rebounding teams, finishing sixth with a 51.6 rebounding percentage.
Despite the athleticism of high-flyers Griffin and Jordan, the duo combined to gobble up just 15.5 boards per game. For perspective, the burly Memphis Grizzlies front line duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined to haul in an average of 19.0 rebounds per contest.
With the mid-level exception (MLE) and veteran’s minimum contracts at their discretion, the Clippers should turn their attention to another backup big. Here are five potential free agent candidates that the Clippers could use to beef up their front line.
All statistics used from Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com/Stats.