Clip­pers might make a deal to get a pick

Rivers said the team is po­ten­tially more in­ter­ested in a sec­ond- round choice, if it can pur­chase one.

Los Angeles Times - - NBA DRAFT - By Ben Bolch ben. bolch@ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ latb­bolch

The Clip­pers are the only NBA team with­out a pick in the draft Thurs­day evening in New York, but there’s a chance they won’t come home empty- handed.

The team is con­sid­er­ing buy­ing or trad­ing its way into the draft, a league ex­ec­u­tive said on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to pub­licly com­ment on pos­si­ble moves. The Clip­pers worked out a num­ber of prospects at their train­ing fa­cil­ity in the last month and were in­trigued by a hand­ful of play­ers.

Doc Rivers, the Clip­pers coach and pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball oper­a­tions, re­cently said his team would more prob­a­bly be in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing a sec­ond- round pick be- cause those play­ers do not re­quire a three- year f inan­cial com­mit­ment like their first- round coun­ter­parts.

The Clip­pers cur­rently have only eight play­ers un­der con­tract for next sea­son and are fac­ing se­vere salarycap re­stric­tions re­gard­less of whether they re- sign cen­ter DeAn­dre Jor­dan. Ac­quir­ing a sec­ond- round pick could help them cheaply fill a ros­ter spot while sat­is­fy­ing needs to get younger.

The Lak­ers have bought a cou­ple of sec­ond- round picks in re­cent years, with mixed suc­cess. They paid the Dal­las Mav­er­icks $ 500,000 in 2012 for shoot­ing guard Dar­ius John­sonO­dom, the 55th se­lec­tion, who went on to play three games with the Lak­ers be­fore be­ing waived.

The Lak­ers had far more suc­cess last year when they paid the Washington Wizards $ 1.8 mil­lion for the rights to point guard Jor­dan Clark­son, the 46th pick in the draft, who went on to be named to the NBA’s all- rookie first team.

The Clip­pers do not have a pick be­cause they sent their f irst- round se­lec­tion to the Bos­ton Celtics as part of Rivers’ agree­ment to join the Clip­pers in June 2013 and their sec­ond- round pick is headed to the Den­ver Nuggets to com­plete a 2009 trade for cen­ter Cheikh Samb.

Allen J. Schaben Los An­ge­les Times

DOC RIVERS HAS some off- sea­son de­ci­sions to make, pos­si­bly one to­day.

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