With the NBA Draft right around the corner, we don’t think the LA Clippers should buy a second round draft pick.
It’s almost time for the NBA Draft. The Finals should wrap up any day now, then we can fully focus on the future. However, the LA Clippers should NOT buy a draft pick in the second round.
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With the team structured as it currently is, it just doesn’t make sense. First off, all signs point towards the team wanting to re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. That essentially leaves the team with no cap room.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well, we can pay a rookie over the cap, right?”. Yes, yes they can. But, it’s not necessarily about this year. It’s about the future. It hurts the team going forward to have a player on the books when they need to bring in other free agents.
Take Diamond Stone from this year for example. For the 2016-17 season, he cost only $543,471. That’s not bad, but next season his price jumps up to $905,249. That million could be allocated to another player. (Assuming the team gets under the cap)
If the team has no plans of getting back under the cap, then sure, buy a pick. But what good does it do the team? Doc Rivers is known to not play his young players. What’s the point in adding someone, when you already have Brice Johnson and the aforementioned Stone sitting at the end of the bench? They won’t touch the court.
So, does adding another million dollars make sense for the team or for owner Steve Ballmer‘s wallet when it comes luxury tax time? You decide. However, in our opinion at Clipperholics, it’s an unnecessary move that shouldn’t happen.
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