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Report: Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum to work out for Clippers

Aug 5, 2014, 9:21 AM EDT

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The Clippers made it to the second round of the playoffs last season, but seemed to hit a ceiling of sorts, at least with the talent that was already in place.

The team didn’t have any frontcourt depth to speak of, which was a glaring area of concern as Blake Griffin was often forced to play heavy minutes during the postseason, and when he or DeAndre Jordan were limited by foul trouble, there was simply no help available to come off the bench.

L.A. addressed that need by inking Spencer Hawes to a free agent deal this summer, and will be looking to add further depth by working out some guys later this week, all of whom could be considered reclamation projects.

From Jorge Sedano of ESPN:

Clippers to work out back up Centers this week. Names that will come thru: Andray Blatche, Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum & Emeka Okafor

Blatche is the most talented, and could provide immediate rotation help in the right situation. Attitude issues are the reason the Nets won’t be bringing him back, and the team quietly suspended Blatche back in December.

Bynum has been well-traveled lately, with stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Indiana not working out — primarily due to health concerns, but there were some attitude problems with Bynum as well, at least before his departure from the Cavaliers.

Oden doesn’t have any reported issues like the previous two candidates, but he had been unable to contribute meaningful minutes for Miami last year, despite working out with the team all season long in hopes he’d be ready by the time the playoffs began.

Finally, Okafor missed all of last season due to a neck injury, and was traded to the Suns in the deal that sent Marcin Gortat to the Wizards. If healthy, he would pretty clearly be the best option out of the bunch.

  1. money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    There’s a clearance sale on big men.

    • money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      I’d go with okafor personally.

      • money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Although when i think about it, the clippers could use more scoring out the post. I don’t feel baby would be consistent enough. Go with blatche. But okafor will still be a fine pickup. He’s had time to heal.

      • Gary - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        I’d take Okafor over the rest also. Plus he’s played with Paul before.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      I have his workout video. You can find it on clearance racks throughout grocers and other large retailers in Los Angeles.

      Do you want to borrow it?

  2. patfic5 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Correction: Andrew Bynum attempting to steal money from Clippers.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Not at all.

      He’s WELL known in the league, his injuries etc…

      If a contract is given to him, it’s GIVEN to him.

      He won’t be stealing it.

      If a contract is given to him, the executive who decides to give him the deal should be fired.

      • money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Can’t really disagree with this lol

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM



        sportsfan18’s head

      • patfic5 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Lol. Ok. Believe that.

  3. metalhead65 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    if they sign bynum they deserve what is coming to them. he had a chance to play for a winner in the Pacers and showed he just can’t play anymore although he did look good the 20 min. he played for them. when you have no knees it is hard to play the game and it would be a waste of whatever money the choose to pay him.

  4. succulentnipples - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Bynum. That’s funny. He is like an ugly nipple, nobody wants to see that.

  5. sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Shouldn’t this read the Lakers instead?

    • m4a188 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Get used to them being irrelevant.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      No, they can actually play center, the Lakers have no use for them.

  6. onlyavoice - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Doc Rivers will sign the whole NBA in hopes to make him look better.
    Thibs was the reason the Celts won that chip, not Doc.
    Doc has been outcoached every post season since Thibs left & signed with the Bulls.
    Clips will not make the WCF’s again this season.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      It’s probably not a coincidence the Celtics made the NBA Finals 2 out of the 3 years he was there.

      • Wammy Giveaway - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        If that’s the case, then the Clippers need to trade a draft pick to the Bulls for Tom Thibodeau.

        But he wasn’t the only one that made Doc better. He also had three superstars in Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. With his superstars, the Celtics were able to make the Eastern Conference Finals in the lockout playoffs. It was in the 2012-13 season that the Celtics were finally weakened, when Ray Allen left Boston to join the Heat for an automatic ring. Without a Big 3, Celtics became a first round exit, and after that, lottery bound.

        Doc knows that the Clips as currently constructed will never advance to the conference finals unless he gets one of his Big 3 guys back. Doc tried to get Pierce, and the Nets refused. Doc is currently trying to go after Allen. If he fails, then Doc will have to trade for KG. But the Nets know that KG makes the Clips a true title contender, and they also want Lawrence Frank on their coaching staff. Nets will try to damage their playoff chances by forcing the Clips into trading their pick for Frank, immediately imposing a gag order.

        In other words, the Clips are doomed. Playoff wise.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        “But the Nets know that KG makes the Clips a true title contender”

        Um… KG is a Hall of Famer and everything, but he’s 38 next year and he averaged career lows in PPG, FG%, BPG, SPG, APG last year. He’s not going to make any team a contender anymore.

    • campcouch - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Finally, someone who sees that Rivers is overrated.

  7. eagles512 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I don’t think Blatche is nearly as talented as Bynum, health and mental issues aside.

    • money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      Yeah. Health and mental issues aside. Haha. Two HUGE aspects of effectiveness.

  8. jerdogthompson - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Ah, the fakehtj,qball,hardforharden, appear to have multiple screen names. Typical troll behavior, when all else fails and you’ve soiled you’re screen name with stupid posts just sign up for a new account. Brilliant, if only if were that easy in life.

    Clippers will be relevant for many many years to come. Last I checked Balmer is by far the richest owner in the league. Think he won’t overspend for talent? A 100 million tax payment is change Balmer can find in his coach cushions.

    But go ahead trolls, fantasize the Clippers won’t be relevant. All you have to do is find another screen name and start you’re blathering anew.


    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Every single NBA owner is incredibly rich. Hasn’t stopped the Bulls & Thunder owners from being cheap bastardos.

      • money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Lol @ bastardos. Can’t believe bastardo is a name. Seen it on an MLB player and was like, learn something new everyday.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        @ money2long

        What about L.J. Hoes, the Houston right fielder? Lol!

  9. 88heatnation - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Imagine if there was a bionic knee protector, the league would have been very well balanced and competitive. B. Roy and Oden would have been a force in Rip City. Bynum would have an impact and stayed in LA. D. Wade at only 32 would have averaged 27+, T-Mac would probably still have an impact just like Kobe. And honorable mentioning other Agent O, Rashawd Lewis, STAT.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      I’m with you on the bionic knee protector although Portland wouldn’t have had the Oden pick if Brandon Roy was healthy. Maybe the bionic knees could have been invented right after the Oden pick. But allow me to disagree on Andrew Bynum. His knee didn’t take him down… his brain did.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Why is this team obsessed with picking up all the loser big men? I’m not going to make the list again, did that back when they signed Byron Mullens, but seriously they’ve gone after or been linked to every single bust or washed up big man. Doc Rivers is damn lucky he already had Blake & DeAndre

  11. mungman69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Okafor is by far the best of this bunch if healthy. Is he healthy? Blatch can play and maybe with a real good team and Doc he could help a lot. Oden and “the other guy” look to be a waste of time AND money.

  12. mungman69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Byron Mullins left over a million guaranteed in Philly. Who wants a seven foot 3 point shooter that can’t play “ANY” defense?

  13. Gary - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Greg Oden is finished, and has been for a long time. He’s made enough money to retire and he should just do that instead of going to teams and giving them the idea that he can contribute. Also stupid on any teams part that wants to pick him up. Same goes for Bynum.

  14. mungman69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Yes, Bastardo pitches (or tries to) for the Phillies. The Phillies look like THEY are the team in Philly trying to lose.

  15. djshnooks - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    This is why the NBA is joke…How in the world can these 2 still be around? 20 years from now there will be no basketball.

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