The Los Angeles Clippers are in need and in search of wing players.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are clearly in the midst of a major rebuild and have hung a “for sale” sign on their doorknob, though they (smartly) would never admit it.
Los Angeles recently added former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue as an unofficial assistant to head coach Doc Rivers, so Lue would have plenty of input to offer on the Cleveland roster.
NBA sources told Amico Hoops recently that the Clippers (19-13), who have struggled in December after getting off to a quick start out of the gate, are interested in the Cavs’ Cedi Osman and expressed such interest.
Along those lines, Cleveland’s Rodney Hood would seem to be just the type of player whom the Clippers crave.
The 6-foot-8 southpaw is averaging 12.9 points per game, is playing on an expiring, $3.4 million contract and with Los Angeles not wanting to take on new money, could be just the guy Los Angeles wants and needs.
“As of right now, I’m part of the Cavs,” Hood told reporters this week. “I love playing with this group.
“Until I get a phone call, I’m going to continue to be locked in with what we’ve got going here. I don’t want to veer off to something else, until I get that phone call.”
However, the lack of aggression that has been part of Hood’s game throughout his career raised its ugly head again during a 126-110 blowout loss at Toronto on Friday night, a game in which the Cavaliers (8-25) were simply overmatched.
Hood attempted only four shots in 18 minutes against the short-handed Raptors — who were playing without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry and fellow starters Danny Green and Serge Ibaka — finishing with six points. He revealed after the game he is dealing with a sore left Achilles’ tendon.
The Cavaliers’ leading scorer, Jordan Clarkson, would seem to be a good fit for the Clippers or other teams in search of wing players.
The 26-year-old is averaging 16.9 points per game, the third-highest number among bench players this season.
However, Clarkson is under contract for $12.5 million this season and $13.4 million next season, meaning he will be far more attractive to suitors a year from now when he is playing on an expiring contract, as Hood is this season.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 7.