Report: Clippers to sign Cole Aldrich

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This could have been a very big deal.

Thankfully for the Clippers, it’s not.

Derek Wetmore of 1500 ESPN:

That’s surely a minimum contract, because that’s all the Clippers can offer.

Cole Aldrich will back up DeAndre Jordan, but the Clippers should keep shopping for a better center to bump Aldrich to third string. Aldrich is a good shot-blocker and rebounder in short spurts, but he’s a very limited player.

This is the cost of trading Spencer Hawes. Doc Rivers clearly didn’t trust Hawes, and Lance Stephenson could provide solid in the the deal that also sent out Matt Barnes. The Clippers conceded to a talent downgrade at center, and Aldrich represents that.

Either way, Jordan will get the lion’s share of center minutes. Depth behind him is thin – a little less thin now, but still thin.