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Report: Chris Wilcox is Clippers’ backup choice to Lamar Odom

Nov 22, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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Lamar Odom, who recently met with Doc Rivers, clearly is the Clippers’ No. 1 choice to fill their 15th roster spot. But there are no guarantees Odom will be ready by the end of the season, so they can’t bank on him.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Lamar Odom remains the leading candidate to be signed by the Los Angeles Clippers to fill the opening they have in their frontcourt rotation.

By far.

But there’s at least one other known name on the Clippers’ list behind Odom in terms of potential in-season signees: Chris Wilcox.

Yet sources say the likelihood remains that Odom will ultimately get the call as he continues to work his way back from an offseason of off-court tumult. One source told ESPN.com last week that no deal with the Clippers “is imminent” but added that he’d be “surprised” if Odom doesn’t wind up as a Clipper for the third time.

Wilcox spent the last two seasons in Boston with Rivers, so the Clippers would likely know what they’re getting. For a team that’s already a legitimate championship contender, the safe route with end-of-bench players is usually best.

When not asked to do too much – and he certainly wouldn’t be in Los Angeles – Wilcox is pretty good. He’s an efficient finisher in the pick-and-roll (a skill that would mesh well with Chris Paul), a surprisingly effective passer and even a helpful defender after picking up a few tricks during his 11-year career.

There’s no rush to sign either Odom or Wilcox. The Clippers (8-5) are good enough already, and veterans like Odom or Wilcox are mostly desired for depth in the playoffs. Because neither player is being waived in-season, there is also no deadline for something to happen in order for them to be eligible for the playoff roster.

The only deadline is one self-imposed by the Clippers to ensure they get enough time acclimatize whomever they sign. Whenever that is, that’s likely when they actually move on from Odom to someone like Wilcox.

  1. spursareold - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    LMAO at “legitmate contender” status for the Clips. They are what they’ve been for the last few years: an hugely entertaining squad who’s offense can have a wrench thrown in it at playoff time by simplly doubling the ball out of CP3′s hands. No one else on that squad either can or will create for others.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Their defense is no where near legitimate.

      They are giving up the 3rd most points per game on defense right now in the NBA.

      The Pacers are giving up the fewest points per game.

      The Spurs are giving up the 2nd fewest points per game.

      The Heat are giving up the 7th fewest points per game.

      The Clippers don’t appear to be where they need to be to win a championship.

  2. onlyavoice - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    The Clips Are The West’s Version Of The Knicks,
    All Hype.

  3. onlyavoice - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    The media is running with the Odom story.
    Doc clarified to the press that he only met with Odon as a concerned friend & basketball was NEVER discussed.
    If Odom was working out the press would be all over it,but there’s nothing, just more stories from unreliable sources (like his manager).
    Expect Wilcox to be signed.

  4. mjw9326mjw9326 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I am not a big Basketball fan but it seems to me this would not even be a big story if Lamar Odoms was not married to one one of the obnoxious Kardashians. Almost nobody (myself included) would never have heard of him.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      This is a basketball blog, so we likely do it anyway.

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