The balls didn’t bounce their way in the lottery last night. Elton Brand‘s status with the Clips is obviously in question, so much so that his name has been linked with Miami far more than with L.A. recently. Corey Maggette has had one foot out the door since the middle of last season, and will almost definitely opt out of his contract on July 1st. And Mike Dunleavy will have to wait for another 1-2 weeks for Shaun Livingston to participate in contact drills for the first time since the incident.
“There’s nothing you can do about it,” says Dunleavy. “I guess the only positive thing there is for us is that the top two picks in the draft are from the East Coast.”
With the 7th pick in the draft, the Clippers are at least two spots away from being able to snare a point guard to replace Livingston – either USC’s O.J. Mayo or Arizona’s Jerryd Bayless, and a whole world away from any shot at Memphis’ Derrick Rose. If Dan Dickau or Brevin Knight – the two remaining PG’s on the roster – are slated as opening day starters, it’d be much tougher to convince Brand that he should stay.
Are they so desperate for someone to play the one that they’ll reach for someone who is projected to fall towards the bottom of the lottery? DJ Augustin and Russell Westbrook could both fill the void. Westbrook’s freakish athleticism gives him more upside than Augustin, who’s already demonstrated tremendous leadership. DJ did win the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard.
Do the Clips officially close the book on Livingston in the draft, or do they wait around to see how he does two years after the fact?