But the consensus around the league is that Rivers and his staff are trying to shop their first-round pick.
The Clippers have the 28th overall selection, but league officials who were not authorized to speak publicly said Rivers doesn't want to add a rookie to his roster and would rather have the cap space than pay the guaranteed salary that goes to a first-round draft pick.
The officials said that Rivers has offered trade scenarios centering around their pick, plus a wing player — either
One deal that was proposed had Dudley and another Clippers player and the Clippers' draft pick going to the Charlotte Hornets for guard
Another proposed deal had Dudley, the pick and another player in a three-team trade in which they would go to Charlotte and the Clippers would get guard
But all these scenarios present Rivers and the Clippers some complications because the
The Clippers last summer sent their 2015 first-round pick to Boston for compensation to allow Rivers to join the Clippers while he was still under contract to coach the Celtics.
However, the Clippers can select a player Thursday and trade his draft rights to another team, according to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.
The Clippers can also sell their draft pick, but not until right before their draft time comes up and the pick can't be traded just for cash, according to the CBA. The pick can be sold for future rights for a player and it be used in a trade so the Clippers can acquire another player.
If the Clippers do keep their draft pick, they will have a need to fill because backup point guard
The Clippers also would like to get a wing player.
So on draft night look for names like Jordan Clarkson, a 6-foot-5 combo point and shooting guard out of Missouri, to be someone the Clippers might select.