The Los Angeles Clippers are in the middle of playing in the Orlando Summer League, which takes place from July 4-10 and also consists of the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic (Blue & White), Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Clippers are 0-2 in their first two games, losing by one point to the Orlando Blue on Independence Day, and losing to the Pistons on July 5 by eight. The Clippers’ summer league roster is filled with undrafted free agents and draft picks from years prior, as the team has no selections in the 2015 draft. They did acquire Branden Dawson from Michigan State from the New Orleans Pelicans, who was picked No. 56 overall.
The Summer League may be more important to the Clippers than other teams, as the team was not able to convince center DeAndre Jordan to stay with the team as he bolted for the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, signing a four-year, $80 million max contract. If fans of the team are going to continue to buy Clippers tickets and be Los Angeles’ No. 1 team, an infusion of talent has to come somewhere with the team lacking depth.
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The Summer League roster includes the aforementioned Dawson, Diante Garrett, Jordan Hamilton, D.J. Newbill, Royce White, C.J. Wilcox, Geron Johnson, Eric Griffin, Yanick Moreira and others. Dawson has impressed early, coming off the bench in their first two games and averaging 11 points and 9.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game.
The next game for Los Angeles is on Tuesday, July 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, before they face the Miami Heat the following day. The Clippers currently have nine players under contract, including Wilcox and Hamilton, who are on the roster still trying to establish their niche on the ball club. Additionally, Los Angeles has garnered Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson in trades prior to the beginning of the Summer League in Orlando.