As of right now, it hasn't been a great free agency session for the Clippers. They have limited tools, and Jeff Green has already agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic, leaving the small forward position completely unmanned.
For now, at least, Clippers fans have a brief distraction while Doc Rivers regroups. The Orlando Summer League kicks off today, and the Clippers are up at 2 pm pacific time for the debuts of rookies David Michineau, Brice Johnson, and Diamond Stone.
How to Watch:
When: 2 pm Pacific Time (5 pm Eastern Time)
The Heat's summer league roster is highlighted by Justice Winslow, a promising combo forward who averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds for Miami last season after being chosen with the 10th pick in the draft. While his shot hasn't fully developed yet, Winslow is a high-level defender and he could draw the C.J. Wilcox assignment today. The other players with NBA experience on their roster are Tyler Johnson, a young player who has had success in Miami as a backup shooting guard, and Briante Weber, who played a total of 7 games in his rookie season last year.
Beyond those three, none of the other players on Miami's roster have NBA experience or a current contract with the Heat. A couple of the more notable names are Chris Obekpa, a shot blocker from St. John's/UNLV and Damion Lee, a wing from Louisville. Both players were undrafted last week but provide some intrigue. Juwan Howard, Jr. is also on the team, which his father, a longtime NBA veteran turned assistant coach, will be coaching.
The most exciting part of today's game for Clippers fans will be seeing their three rookies for the first time in a Clippers jersey. David Michineau should get plenty of run at point guard, and Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone will presumably join Michineau in the starting lineup. Despite not being a highly regarded prospect, Michineau is coming off of a few years with the elite French club Chalon, playing in a more competitive league than the NCAA. He could have some success against undrafted collegiate players today. Johnson and Stone are both effective big men who seem likely to make the roster, so their run could be somewhat limited over the course of the week as the team attempts to take looks at the other prospects as well.
Two-year veteran C.J. Wilcox and last year's draft pick Branden Dawson also promise to be prominently featured, as they were both successful in the summer league last season. Wilcox scored 14 points per game last summer, while Dawson averaged 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds. Both of these prospects are eager to prove themselves and earn a real role with minutes during the regular season, but their summer league performances will need to be joined by strong outings in training camp and the pre-season against real NBA talent for them to get consideration.
For information on the rest of the Clippers' summer league players, check out our breakdown.