Chris Douglas-Roberts played well in Charlotte in the second half of last season, well enough to earn a roster spot with the Clippers this year.
An unfortunate Achilles injury has limited him, however, and he’s been unable to crack the rotation in Los Angeles, appearing sparingly in just 12 games as a reserve for the Clippers this season.
L.A. cut ties with CDR as part of the transaction that reunited Austin Rivers with his father on the Clippers bench. And shortly thereafter, a report emerged that locker room issues were to blame for both Douglas-Roberts and Jordan Farmar being jettisoned from the organization.
From Sam Amick of USA Today:
As for Rivers move, I’m told there was a locker-room/chemistry component involved in cutting ties w/ Jordan Farmar & Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Almost immediately, Douglas-Roberts took to Twitter to respond.
Hey man I know this is your job but this is the farthest thing from the truth & you can ask any coach or player from Clippers
Chemistry issues, maybe, but locker room issues, No. I know you only have 140 characters but be clear here. My name is my name
Two things here: One, Farmar essentially admitted that he was the victim of a bait and switch in his eyes, in terms of what he was promised when he signed and what his role actually became once he was a part of the roster.
As for Douglas-Roberts, he has a right to defend himself, and from the outside looking in, it’s difficult to see how someone who played so little while he was there could (or would want to) cause any real problems.
None of this, of course, does anything to dispel an earlier report that locker room issues do in fact exist, and that certain Clippers players simply don’t like each other.