The game tonight with the Warriors put an exclamation point on the need of the Clippers for a more than decent SF. Gomes inability to produce consistently could be detrimental to the development of the whole team. I understand that other players should be able to compensate for the lack of another player but considering that Gomes played a major number of minutes (40 minutes) you would think that he was being very productive to have played that long. Unfortunately, the stats showed otherwise- 2 points , 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Aminu was more productive though with 7 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. But combining their output of 9 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists for 60 minutes (1 hr) of playing time cannot be considered very productive.
With 44 more games to play, perhaps a decision has to be made to play Aminu NOW instead of Gomes and let him grow with the 1st unit or trade Kaman and get a better SF while waiting for Aminu to develop.
The first option will cost the Clippers nothing (except perhaps a few more losses) but could be more beneficial long term. If the Clippers are still hoping to sneak to the 8th spot in the playoff (which I think is highly improvable), then trading Kaman for a good SF would make sense. However, since I think their chances are almost nil to be in the playoff, I would rather not do anything but play Aminu with the 1st unit and let him develop now and wait for Kaman and the other bigs to be healthy.
There will be losses such as tonight but then you gain the benefit from fully evaluating what the team coudl do when they are all healthy and then deal with what they will have to deal with as far is staffing is concerned after this season.