The team traded veteran forward
"That's more cap room for this summer," Rivers, who is also the team's senior vice president of basketball operations, told reporters in Memphis. "From a coaching standpoint, those are moves that [don't] necessarily make your team better, but from a team standpoint it was the right thing to do because it gives us a little more room cap room."
The trades leave the Clippers woefully thin at the power forward and center spots, with only
Former Atlanta power forward Ivan Johnson recently worked out for the Clippers but did not impress those in attendance, according to a league executive who spoke on condition of anonymity because the workout was private. Johnson averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Hawks during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons before playing for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association, whose season ended this week.
Other center-power forward options for the Clippers include Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who was reportedly negotiating a buyout with the
Collins, the first openly gay player in major professional sports, has been working out in Los Angeles in hopes of signing with a team.
Rivers said earlier this week that he would also consider signing guard
"I'm looking for anything — the best wing player, the best big player … whatever it takes," Rivers said. "I like our team and we do have to play better and I told our guys that we have to improve our play defensively."
Jamison and Mullens were both largely disappointments after signing with the Clippers over the summer.
Jamison, a two-time All-Star, was averaging a career-low 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in only 11.3 minutes per game. Mullens was averaging 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game.
“I think Antawn did everything we asked him to do,” Rivers said. “What I really decided was, if we’re going to go small, I like Duds [