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Clippers sign Ryan Gomes

Jul 9, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

Irgomes.jpgt’s not LeBron, but it’s not bad, either.

Actually, it’s pretty smart — the Los Angeles Clippers have reached a deal with Ryan Gomes, as reported by Associated Press. Combined with the signing of Randy Foye yesterday, the Clippers have upgraded themselves. Without breaking the bank — three years and $12 million for Gomes.

You need to look at Gomes and Foye together this way — they are versatile players who can play multiple roles. The Clippers have not been built that way: Chris Kaman is a center, Baron Davis is a scoring point guard, Blake Griffin is a pure power forward, and so on down the line. This was a team built largely to a traditional model.

Gomes, a product of Providence (go Friars!) can do a lot of things pretty well. Good three point shooter (36.1 percent from three) who can post people up. He’s the kind of player some dismiss as a “tweener” but it depends on how you use him — he can help create matchup problems. He can be a small four that pulls a big help defender away from the basket so Kaman has more room and Davis has driving lanes. He can be an oversized and overpowering three. He’s not great at any of these things, but he’s solid.

The Clippers added some versatility to their roster. It may not have been a home run, but it was a smart little move.

  1. Renato Afonso - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Hey Kurt,
    The Clippers are looking solid on paper. For all the talk about the Eastern conference becoming more powerful, all I see is just one more contender in the making. The top 6 teams are set (Boston, Miami, Orlando, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Chicago in some order) while the rest will be just weak.
    However, even before everyone sets in, I’m seeing the Western conference becoming even more balanced with the worst teams improving slightly… Maybe you could start analyzing that variation 😉

  2. mac - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    I’d say that on paper they look VERY good but then again, it’s the Clippers and I’m sure hiring Vinny Del Negro doesn’t help.

  3. Jeffery Clifford Goff - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    FRIARTOWN!!! Gomes is my Hero!!!

  4. Sean Ferris - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    I have bad hair.

  5. Ryan Grogan - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    My parents dont know im gay

  6. Sean Ferris - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    i blew john hohhmann last night for an eight ball and now i feel bad about it.

  7. Ryan Grogan - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Ferris you liar you did not, it was only me downing his shaft, you hate men

  8. Jeffrey Clifford Goff - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    not true ryan. i saw sean eating hohmann’s meat – i was cupping the balls.

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