According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Clippers are telling agents that they are trying to move up in the first round of the draft. We have heard these kind of rumors in past drafts; however, not much activity ends up happening. Instead, we tend to draft guys that played a couple years in college, but do not play much in the NBA. Will this be the year that the Clippers make a move?
Clippers telling agents they are trying to move up in the first round. https://t.co/Kri2nQtA0M— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 5, 2016
As a team that is held hostage by the existential crisis of not having cap-space, the Clippers should be interested in players that can contributed -- most likely off the bench -- without spending too much money. And moving up in the first draft would help this effort.
It is unclear, though, how Doc Rivers and the rest of the front office would pull this off given that a lot of contracts will be coming off the books as players like Cole Aldrich opt out (along with the free agents), making pieces to move rare. Furthermore, it is not like the Clippers have a ton of future draft picks to use as bargaining chips.