The Los Angeles Clippers put a Band-Aid on their point guard position, signing Darius Morris to a 10-day contract, per a team press release. But they may not be finished digging through the pile of available free agents just yet.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 8:58 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
Per to ESPN's Arash Markazi, the Clips' pursuit of Hedo Turkoglu is moving forward rapidly. He's headed to L.A. for a meeting with the team:
Sources say Hedo Turkoglu is on his way to Los Angeles and is expected to meet with the Clippers tomorrow.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 9, 2014
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According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
The Los Angeles Clippers are looking hard at well-known veteran free agents Sasha Vujacic and Hedo Turkoglu as they try to fill the playmaking void created by Chris Paul's shoulder injury, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers could make a new 10-day signing as early as Tuesday, with Vujacic and Turkoglu currently at the forefront of L.A.'s thinking.
The Orlando Magic severed ties with Turkoglu in a cost-cutting move that saved the franchise nearly $6 million. At 34, it's hard to know what the veteran forward would bring to the Clips. But with a dearth of capable backups in the frontcourt, perhaps Turkoglu's versatility could provide a spark off the bench.
And hey, Doc Rivers is a fan, which might be all that matters in the end. Per John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:
#clippers coach Doc Rivers said his team has discussed possibility of signing Hedo Turkoglu. Doc has always liked his playmaking skills.— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 7, 2014
Per Stein and Shelburne, Rivers said, "I just like him. He's out there and we should look at him. I've always liked him. He can shoot and play (small forward and power forward)."
Vujacic, best known for his role on a couple of championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been playing in Turkey for the past two years. He could step in behind Morris as a backup to Darren Collison while Chris Paul recovers from his shoulder injury.
The Clippers need to find a way to strengthen a potential championship roster on the cheap, and signing a couple of low-risk veterans to 10-day contracts is pretty much the best way to do that. If L.A. follows through by signing one or both of its current targets, it will get an inexpensive look at a couple of assets that might play a role down the line.
And if it doesn't work out, the Clips can quickly end the relationship in 10 days, moving on to the next long shot on their list.
L.A.'s foundation is set, and as long as Paul can recover from his separated shoulder, the team's overall outlook won't change much.
But there's no harm in taking a chance on a pair of experienced vets in the meantime.