So, don't tell anyone, but I'm really supposed to be working today, which doesn't really happen that much. So this is the day that the press releases are coming fast and furious from the Clippers. Oh well.
Here's the press release. None of these guys will make the team. The Clippers will sign a fourth point guard in the absence of Jason Williams unless they suddenly get really comfortable with Mike Taylor.
The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agents Dontell Jefferson, Jelani McCoy, David Noel and Curtis Sumpter, bringing their training camp roster to 18 players. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not announced.
A stand-out at the University of Arkansas from 2004-06, Jefferson spent last preseason with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 6’4” guard helped the Dakota Wizards to the NBA Development League Championship last season, and has also played professionally in Japan (Toyota Alvark) and Latvia (Barons/LMT Riga).
Jelani McCoy is an eight-year NBA veteran who averaged 0.5 points in six games with the Denver Nuggets last season. McCoy appeared in 36 games in 2007-08 for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA Development League, averaging 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds en route to an NBADL All-Star appearance and a place on the NBADL Third Team. Originally drafted by Seattle in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft, the UCLA product has also spent time with the Supersonics (1998-2001), Lakers (2001-02), Toronto Raptors (2002-03), Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-04), Atlanta Hawks (2004-05) and several other international clubs.
A star at the University of North Carolina, David Noel was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft and averaged 2.7 points in 68 games for the Bucks in 2006-07. Noel suffered from a sprained right wrist last season, while with Milwaukee. Noel averaged 20.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 games with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League last season.
After a stellar career at Villanova University that included being selected to the First Team All-Big East Team as a senior in 2006-07, Curtis Sumpter split the 2007-08 in Germany where he played with the Koeln 99ers and in France, where he averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12 games for JA Vichy.