It might seem odd, the Clippers continually working out a bevy of college players weeks ahead of a draft in which they do not hold a pick.
But there could be a method to the practice.
One league executive said this week the Clippers are considering acquiring a second-round draft pick and targeting a big man or a wing player. The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
The latest batch of college players scheduled to work out for the Clippers on Saturday at their practice facility includes Duke’s Quinn Cook, Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright, Cal’s David Kravish, Virginia Commonwealth’s Treveon Graham, Iowa’s Aaron White and Texas El Paso’s Julian Washburn.
Even if the Clippers decide against acquiring a pick, the intelligence they gain from seeing prospects in person could be valuable if they want to extend an invitation to summer league or training camp to get a further look at the players.
They could also unearth the next Matthew Dellavedova, the Cleveland guard who has become the darling of the 2015 NBA Finals after signing as a free agent when he went undrafted out of St. Mary’s in 2013 in large part because the Cavaliers had familiarized themselves with him.
The draft is June 25 in Brooklyn, N.Y.