Clip­pers con­sider buy­ing draft pick

They don’t have one in first two rounds, so plan is to ac­quire one from another club.

Los Angeles Times - - NBA DRAFT - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­times.com Twit­ter: @BA_Turner

The Clip­pers are not in a po­si­tion to par­tic­i­pate in Thurs­day night’s NBA draft be­cause they don’t have a se­lec­tion in the first or sec­ond rounds.

But be­fore the day is over, the Clip­pers could par­take in the fes­tiv­i­ties if they make good on their plan to buy a sec­ond-round draft pick from another team.

It could cost the Clip­pers up­ward of $2 mil­lion to pur­chase an early sec­ond-round pick. But Clip­pers owner Steve Ballmer is sup­posed to be the rich­est owner of an Amer­i­can sports team, worth about $22 bil­lion. So money should not be an is­sue.

The Clip­pers want in, so they can get an ad­di­tional as­set for the fu­ture, a young player they would most likely as­sign to their Agua Caliente Clip­pers of On­tario team, which will play in the NBA’s Ga­torade League.

If the Clip­pers get that sec­ond-round pick, the player also will play on their team in the NBA’s sum­mer league in Las Ve­gas.

Ac­cord­ing to sev­eral NBA ex­ec­u­tives who were not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter, the Clip­pers have been call­ing teams who have sec­on­dround picks in the 35-50 range.

And sev­eral NBA teams have mul­ti­ple sec­ond-round picks, which should make it eas­ier for the Clip­pers to se­cure one. For ex­am­ple, the Philadel­phia 76ers, along with the first over­all pick in the draft, have four sec­on­dround picks — Nos. 36, 39, 46 and 50.

The Bos­ton Celtics, who pick third in the draft, have the Nos. 37, 53 and 56 picks.

Teams with two sec­on­dround picks are the Or­lando Magic (33, 35), At­lanta Hawks (40, 60), Hous­ton Rock­ets (43, 45), New York Knicks (44, 58) and Den­ver Nuggets (49, 51).

The Magic and Utah Jazz each have two first-round picks, mean­ing they might be will­ing to part with one of their sec­ond-round picks to the Clip­pers.

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