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Kirby 07-17-2008 09:33 PM

Clippers sign Azubuike to offer sheet

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles Clippers continued their busy offseason Thursday, signing restricted free agent swing man Kelenna Azubuike to an offer sheet.

Terms were not announced.

The 24-year-old Azubuike, who played at Kentucky, averaged 8.5 points and 21.4 minutes while playing 81 games for the Golden State Warriors last season. The Warriors have seven days to match once they receive a copy.

Azubuike, who averaged 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in two seasons with the Warriors, would join former teammate Baron Davis with the Clippers. Davis signed a five-year, $65 million contract earlier this month.

Former Clippers stars Elton Brand and Corey Maggette have gone elsewhere— Brand signing with the Philadelphia 76ers and Maggette with the Warriors. The Clippers acquired center Marcus Camby from Denver earlier this week.

Ball Don't Lie 07-17-2008 10:03 PM

I guess Mobley is gonna get traded.

Azu is a very solid 7th man for any team.

Kirby 07-17-2008 10:22 PM

I wanted the Raptors to sign him lol. He's pretty good off the bench.

INSIDER 07-18-2008 09:35 AM

i tell you what... the clips are quietly building a very impressive team over there.
sure they lost brand and maggette, but they are actually improving the team and will surprise alot of people next season.
camby, baron, thornton, kaman.... 2 promising rookies in gordon and jordan.
they may make some noise.

fancylad 07-18-2008 09:57 AM

yeah no kidding.
How many times do people say at the beginning of the year that the clippers look like they're finally gonna start winning and make the playoffs. It seems like this happens every season.

Now i'm actually starting to believe it.

Adequate Swag 07-18-2008 11:47 AM

We'll see.

There are plenty of issues associated with playing two centres together. Most teams go two 4's because they can't find a 5, and these guys are going with two pivots.

Who on this team guards quicker 4s?

I mean, what stops Dirk, Aldridge, West, and to a lesser extent (in the East) Garnett, Smith, and Bosh from absolutely shitting on this team? Any 4 with jump shooting and ball handling abilities is going to force LA to change their game plan.

Neither Camby or Kaman should be defending on ball outside of 10-15 feet. So how the hell does this team defend Dirk (who is the best example) without a legit 4 man? Al Thornton at 6'8, 220 can't handle a big man in the post, but Camby and Kaman can't handle one on the perimeter.

I mean, shit, even Bargs would be an absolute nightmare to defend for these guys.

The game is moving more and more towards versatility from big men, and LA is relying on a system that features two old school pivots.

Furthermore, neither Camby or Kaman is particularly effective offensively. Sure, they get theirs as any fairly skilled big man would, but the mismatch they provide on offense doesn't negate the one on the defensive end in my opinion. They'll be forced to guard potent offensive threats who they don't match up well with. They themselves are not as threatening, so teams won't be that concerned about defending them with 4's.

And then who actually is their number 2 offensive threat after Baron? Kaman is nice, but he tends to take what he gets rather than creating like a go to offensive threat should. So who's next? Eric Gordon?

Azubuike is a really nice offer sheet signing (GS will likely match though. I understand the offer is only 3 mil per year, which aint much), and I think they're generally heading in the right direction, which is no small feat for the Clips. I'm a little skeptical about playoffs this season though. The only team I see dropping out of the playoffs is Denver, and I'd bet on Portland to take a better shot at that spot than the Clips will.

MangoKidHoops 07-18-2008 11:54 AM

The question is, does anyone think that Camby will be peddled for something else....?

Ball Don't Lie 07-18-2008 12:13 PM

Camby can defend most 4s with his length. He gave Duncan a really hard time in the playoffs a couple years ago. I think with the quicker 4's like West Bosh and Smith they should put Thornton on them and shadow them with Camby and Kaman. I think having Kaman and Camby in there will work more to their advantage than disadvantage. Dunleavy is actually a pretty good defensive coach, he'll figure out how to use them effectively, his problem is hes too obsessed with isolation basketball, which should now change with the addition of Baron and more pick and rolls.

And I think you're really underrating Kamans offence. He'd eat any smaller 4. The guy has a very solid post game with multiple moves and can use both hands.

The only thing stopping the Clippers from making the playoffs this year is health because they have a very injury prone team. If they do stay healthy, and Camby and Kaman turn into the chairmen of the boards/the defensive wall and Thornton continues to develop and averages around 16 ppg(the most likely of the 3) theyll make the playoffs and definately give a team a hard time in the 1st round.

And looking at that offer sheet, wont the Warriors match? Its pretty cheap for a good young SG like Kelenna

Adequate Swag 07-18-2008 12:25 PM

Yeah, I assume Golden State will match.

You make a good point about going with Thornton and then using Kaman/Camby to help but that presents 2 issues. First, the most talented line up they can field features both Camby and Kaman. If they're both out there, they can't justify defending the 4 with someone else. Secondly, going with Thornton allows those guys to establish position down low due to his relative lack of size. If the 5 comes to help (Thornton doesn't have a hope defending the post against most 4's...from what I've seen up until now anyway) then you're opening up plenty of offensive options for any team that moves the ball semi-effectively.

I agree though, Dunleavy should be savvy enough to figure something out.

Maybe we see lots of zone from them? With their down low presence they could certainly try to force jump shots and lock down the boards.

They'll be very interesting to watch from a strategy perspective. I can't recall a team going with two legit top 5 centres in their starting lineup anytime recently.

whizzy 07-20-2008 10:44 AM

Hi Guys!

I have to say, I was very sceptic about teh clis next season, because they lost Corey and Elton.

I only can agree with Insider about this. They are building a grat team. Camby, Kaman, Davis are very good and with the rookies, along with Cuttino, maybe now Azubuike and the youngsters Fazekas and Marcus Williams I look forward for them to be a member for a PO berth in the west, considering they are heathly.

For Kelena we have to wait what to Warriors will do. If they match, great for them if not a very good signing for the clippers, like said before he is a very great bench guy.



Major 07-20-2008 11:01 AM

Good move by the Clippers to sign Azubuike to an offer sheet. I have a feeling the Warriors might match the offer though. He is like a cheap Maggette. He rebounds, he shoots well, he drives into contact and scores or gets to the line. Runs the floor well.

I'm sure Baron would love to reunite with Azubuike

Ball Don't Lie 07-20-2008 06:22 PM


and the youngsters Fazekas and Marcus Williams
Its weird that you mention them and not Thornton, specially since Fazekas is a 13th man roster fodder type.

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