By Chris Murch
Chris Murch: I think the first thing the Clippers must do is assess the trade market for Milos Teodosic. There were small rumbles earlier in training camp about the Suns having interest in Teo that seem to have dissipated. Teo will be 32 by the end of the season and is on an expiring contract. While he was a positive member of the team last season, his defense is nonexistent, and his scoring aptitude resides strictly in pick and roll situations and deep shots. He also has injury problems and will only be utilized in deep bench rotations this year anyway. His presence also could mean less time for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, which would impede development. If the Clippers can get a late second-round pick back from a team, or a two-way guy and money, it’s a win for L.A.
Outside of this, my cut would be Sindarius Thornwell. It’s sad because I was a big fan of his in college and thought he would be a second-round steal. Unfortunately, his offense hasn’t come around, and he is a liability with the ball in his hands. His defensive upside doesn’t make up for his lack of ability to make plays and hit threes consistently. He had a golden opportunity this offseason to prove himself in both Summer League and in preseason, but he has failed to do so. He is shooting 4-for-13 thus far in three games and hasn’t separated himself at all. With the depth that the Clips have at the two and three as well it doesn’t help his cause....