The LA Clippers are putting top prospects through the paces in anticipation of the upcoming NBA Draft, which will take place June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The Clippers hold the Nos. 12 and 13 picks, allowing them significant flexibility in improving their roster for the 2018-19 season. They recently worked out Kentucky’s Kevin Knox and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, both of whom are projected to go in the late lottery.
The entire workout included Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell, UCLA’s GG Goloman and Wake Forest’s Doral Moore.
While the Clippers could package the two picks to try to trade up–or keep one and trade the other–the organization is in position to improve its depth, which was tested during an injury-ravaged 2017-18 season.
“You go in with the mind set of selecting two high-quality players,” Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, told reporters. “But at the same time, you’re doing your due diligence every single day, just like the other teams are. When you kind of control the middle of the draft, it gives you great optionality.”
Even though the Clippers figure to take a wing and/or a big, they’ll still be in the market for a guard. The team struggled in that area last season as Patrick Beverley missed much of the year with a knee injury, and Milos Teodosic fought through plantar fasciitis.
Aaron Holiday, brother of New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Collin Sexton could all be options for the Clippers’ selections.
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