The Clippers were reportedly thinking about bringing back free agent “Big Baby” Glen Davis just to have a little more depth along the front line — DeAndre Jordan will start and Cole Aldrich backs him up, but one more big never hurts. Then the Clippers signed Chuck Hayes (to a non-guaranteed deal, but he has a real shot at the roster). They went another direction.
As for Davis, he’s not going to be playing for anyone as he is about to undergo surgery, something first reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Even at the longer end of that recovery time, he gets back and is able to play sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. By then some team will be looking for a little depth along the front line and will bring him in for a look. Maybe.
I expect Davis will appear on an NBA roster this season because players get hurt and GMs turn to guys they know to fill in. But Davis’ days as a key bench player on an NBA roster are behind him. He’s a “break the glass in case of emergency” NBA big man at this point. But that likely gets him a couple more paydays.
Chuck Hayes is the kind of veteran big man fans should want on their team. He brings leadership, good defense in the post, strength on the glass, he sets solid screens, and he just hustles everywhere on the court. Teammates love playing with him.
Clipper fans should be happy.
After Hayes’ deal with Houston had fallen apart, he has turned around and reached terms with the Los Angeles Clippers, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
This is officially a make good, non-guaranteed deal. The Clippers have 14 guaranteed contracts already, so there is space for one more deal on the roster.
Doc Rivers the GM has had a good summer and this is another part of that.
Obviously, the Clippers will start Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan up front. But now behind them there is Josh Smith, Cole Aldrich, and Hayes. That means Rivers can rest his stars more — maybe even throw in some nights off — and know he has solid veterans who will make plays behind them.
This is another move that puts the Clippers right up there with the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, and Thunder as legit title contenders come out of the West. And the Clippers are as deep as any of them.
We told you almost a month ago that Chuck Hayes was going to go back to where his NBA career started and sign with the Houston Rockets. He was going to bring them veteran leadership, good defense in the post, strength on the glass, and hustle everywhere on the court.
Now he’s going to take those talents somewhere else.
The deal never got signed. Houston has a crowded frontcourt and roster, and due to that and salary cap reasons the deal could not be finalized. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports has the details.
Houston made some moves after the Hayes deal was agreed to — the Ty Lawson trade, the signing of Jason Terry — that changed their cap picture.
Hayes wants to be a coach, eventually, but he thinks he’s got some ball left in his body.
There are teams that could use Hayes — he works hard and does the little things like battle on the boards, set hard screens, and play physical defense. He is a pro’s pro. Teammates love him. But he has battled injuries for a couple of seasons now and, at age 32, we will see what team will want to roll the dice on him staying healthy and taking up one of their final roster spots.