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Why waiving Taylor was the right move

Yesterday we were surprised by the clippers deciding to waive Mike Taylor, however IMO this was definitely the right move for the clippers.  But before anyone says that I never really liked Taylor anyways he definitely had some positive points that will be missed.  Namely his ungodly speed and energy.  His speed and energy single handedly turned around the game in NYC and ended in him scoring 35 points.  But to steal from spider man with great speed comes the great responsibility not to over use it, and this was Taylor's greatest flaw.  He just does not no when to calm down and slow down.  This was very much evident in summer league where Taylor constantly turned the ball over because he tried to push when he would have best been served by slowing it down and trying to feed it into the post or get an open shot.  But there are also many more benefits to waiving Taylor.

  1. A chance at another free agent:  Many around here think that the waiving of Taylor is going to lead to the signing of Sessions.  I am strongly in favor of this but it is not the only thing they could do with Taylor's roster spot.  They could also go after some help to back up the 3, but I would hope that they at least try Sessions.
  2. Novak and Jones: with another spot on the roster opened up there is now a better chance that both Novak and Jones could be brought back, while Novak could be lost if another team puts up a large offer at this point it doesn't look that is happening.  But with Taylor gone if the clips do sign another person Novak and Jone's spots on the roster will not be in as much danger.
  3. better influence on DJ:  At the moment DJ is probably pretty bummed that his friend Taylor is gone but it is probably for the better.  Taylor did not seem to have the best work ethic (updated I can't claim to know if he has a bad work ethic but I think it is hard to not think he slacked off a little when he regressed they way he did in summer league) and it is a much better idea for DJ to be spending more time with Griffin who seems to bring the best out of DJ (a few days with Blake and he already got DJ to drink a Rocky egg white shake)
  4. Taylor wouldn't have gotten much playing time anyways: With both Baron and Telfair in front of him and a chance the clips were going  to bring in another point guard there is a very good chance that there would be many games where Mike would be DNP or not even in uniform.  So it is better to waive him and let him go somewhere where he might get some time to develop

In summary Taylor may eventually become a good player but he is space on the roster is more valuable then his current contribution.  I hope Taylor prospers some where but first he has to learn to slow it down a little.

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