Clippers showing interest in veteran big man following Plumlee injury

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The LA Clippers’ depth recently took a major hit when Mason Plumlee went down with a knee injury in the team’s game against the Knicks on Monday. While it was initially unsure how long Plumlee would be out, his absence in the short term was still concerning for the Clippers.

On Thursday, fans got an update when Shams Charania announced that Mason Plumlee could miss as much as two months with his injury. LA is left with Ivica Zubac as the only other center on its roster.

As such, the Clippers will be looking to fill the gaping hole in the roster as fast as possible. With losses already adding up, changes must be made sooner rather than later. There is already one veteran center LA is reportedly interested in trying to make a move for: Daniel Theis.

The Clippers have interest in trading for Daniel Theis

The Clippers wasted no time in scoping out a potential replacement for Mason Plumlee. A six-year league veteran, Daniel Theis carries experience playing with many talented NBA teams and could potentially be a seamless fit in LA.

Many fans know him from the four straight seasons he was a mainstay in the Boston Celtics’ rotation from 2018 to 2021. A steady performer, Theis has career averages of 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on a 54% shooting average.

The fact the Clippers are looking to acquire Theis does not necessarily mean they are ready to give up on Mason Plumlee after he returns from injury. If they acquire Theis and retain Plumlee, it could be a situation where Theis could potentially make Plumlee more expendable later on with his play.

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