Saturday, December 10, 2011
Good luck Trey and Travis
While we mire through a very disappointing start to the season for the Hoop Dawgs, Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie begin their pro basketball careers. No reports have any details, so we assume they are like most contracts for second round picks, minimum salaries and unguaranteed.
We took an early look at how things might shake out for them back in June. Since then, the Clippers reportedly made efforts to get Chris Paul, but that ain't happening. And signed veteran wing Caron Butler. Looking at their roster, you get former Alabama star Mo Williams and Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe at the point, Eric Gordon and Randy Foye rounding out their backcourt. Caron Butler is their starting SF, alongside Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman up front. We assume they'll keep restricted free agent Denadre Jordan, and have him join Ryan Gomes and Norcross product Al-Farouq Aminu as front court depth. But even if they don't, that doesn't effect Trey or Travis since neither is a C.
Rumors have them targetting a veteran to back up Griffin, which would reduce Trey's chances of making the roster. Right now, they appear to have space for him depending on how hard he's worked to stay in shape during the lockout and how good he looks in camp. Leslie will be fighting Renaldo Major and Willie Warren, among others for a spot deep on the bench as a wing.
Basically, their chances of making the Clippers' roster on Christmas are slim, and both seem probable to begin their pro careers in the D-League hoping to make an NBA roster as the season goes.