Cross veteran sharpshooter Ray Allen off the list of candidates to take the Clippers’ final roster spot.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday that the team’s glut of shooting guards would preclude Allen from joining the team.
“Ray’s looking at our team and it’s like you’ve got Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick,” Rivers said after the end of his team’s first training camp session of the day. “I mean, I don’t think there’s a lot of interest.”
Allen has not decided if he will return for a 19th NBA season. The 10-time All-Star spent the last two seasons with the Miami Heat and previously won a championship with Rivers in Boston in 2008.
Rivers said training camp invitees Joe Ingles and Jared Cunningham were options to fill the 15th spot on the roster. The coach added part of the decision to trade Jared Dudley this summer was to give the team flexibility to sign an additional player.
While conceding the Clippers have a greater need at point guard (Cunningham’s position) than forward (Ingles’ position), Rivers said that wouldn’t necessarily dictate his decision as to how to fill the final roster spot.
“We’re going to look at who we think is the best player to fit our team and we’re going to take that,” Rivers said.