Things are looking great for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Once the butt of many NBA jokes, the Clips are slowly becoming a popular destination for players via trade or free-agents looking for a job. And who can blame them?
The Clippers boast a roster with players such as Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, and Mo Williams which makes up a solid team that can win now. Also add head coach Vinny Del Negro to the mix (who had some success during his time with the Bulls) and the glitz of Los Angeles and you got yourself the making of an up-and-coming team in the Western Conference.
And perhaps all this is what spurred the Clippers and free agent Caron Butler to have a second meeting.
Free agent small forward Caron Butler’s meeting with the the Los Angeles Clippers went so well Monday night, the two sides decided to talk again on Tuesday morning, according to Butler’s agent.
“Caron was really happy with the meeting,” Butler’s agent Raymond Brothers said. “We were really impressed by (general manager) Neil Olshey and (coach) Vinny Del Negro. I think they’ve got a good young team that can win. Caron had a really good feeling about it.”
The addition of Butler might be what the doctor ordered for this young squad. The Clips could use a boost in their small forward corp. Not to take anything away from their current crop of small forwards but let’s face it, Butler would be an upgrade over Jamario Moon, Ryan Gomes, or unproven rookie Trey Thompkins.
Sure, Butler dealt with a knee injury last season with the Mavericks but prior to the injury he was the Mavs’ second-leading scorer. And let’s not forget, he could have come back for Dallas during the NBA Finals but elected not to suit up.
And a starting-five of Griffin, Butler, Gordon, Jordan, and Mo Williams would be a potent unit for any opposing team to deal with.
Indeed the future is bright for the Clippers. They have youth, talent, a franchise player, and the financial means to make a huge splash in free-agency and not to mention, have the pieces to make a huge trade and get two of the most coveted players right now — Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.