Not much real news comes out at the NBA combine, as teams keep their interest in players tight to the vest. However, outside of athletic and size measurements and mostly meaningless 5 on 5 scrimmages, players do start interviewing with teams. Those interviews are, of course, secret, yet just the sheer presence tells something about who teams are looking at. Most teams do their due diligence and interview just about all the players who are roughly in their draft range, however, so even that doesn’t always mean much of anything. Basically, the combine (and the period from now until the draft) is a time of unfounded rumors and overreactions to every little piece of news that is available.
The news is the news, on the other hand, and the Clippers started their interview process on the first day of the draft combine. They interviewed Michigan State wing Miles Bridges and Alabama guard Collin Sexton, and showed an appreciable interest in Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. All three players are in the Clippers’ approximate draft range, though Bridges and Sexton have generally been mocked to go a little higher than the Clippers’ picks at 12 and 13.
Brad Turner’s article in the LA Times has some interesting quotes from those guys, and all seem aware of the possibility of being drafted by the Clippers. More importantly, the prospect of being drafted by the Clippers didn’t appear to scare them, as it may have a decade or two ago. Take everything with a grain of salt, as players nowadays (even straight out of college) are too media-savvy to reveal any public dismay or dislike, but that still has to be a good sign.
The combine continues today at 12 PM PT on ESPN 2, and the Clippers’ interview process will roll along as well.
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