Clippers may be willing to package picks to move up

The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in packaging their Nos. 12 and 13 overall picks to move up in the NBA draft, according a report from The Ringer.

Per the report, the Clippers may be targeting 6-foot-10 Missouri standout Michael Porter Jr. — who appeared in just the final two games after suffering a back injury. Porter Jr. declared for the draft after his freshman season and is expect to be selected in the top five or six picks.

(Porter) could slide the forward into their modernized system as a go-to scorer,” The Ringer wrote of the Clippers, noting that Clippers owner Steve Ballmer attended the draft combine last weekend in Chicago and “paused his own interview session with reporters to stand and listen behind a media scrum around Porter.”

Prior to suffering the back injury, Porter was widely considered the likely No. 1 overall selection. However, according to scouts, a lot of where he is drafted will be determined by the results of his pre-draft X-rays and back exams.