RIVERS, CLIPPERS CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS AT POINT GUARD
SAN ANTONIO – With Chris Paul out at least 3-5 weeks with an AC joint separation in his right shoulder, Doc Rivers said the Clippers will wait until Paul undergoes further examination when the team returns to Los Angeles.
“We’re not going to do much right now,” Rivers said prior to his team’s game with the San Antonio Spurs Saturday. “We’re just going to wait and see what the report is on Chris and how Maalik [Wayns] is coming along as well.”
The Clippers, who are 10-9 all-time when Paul is out of the lineup, will start Darren Collison at point guard. The only other true point guard on the roster is Wayns, who is still working his way back from surgery on his left meniscus, which he tore in the second quarter of an Oct. 14 preseason game in Sacramento. Wayns was activated two games ago, but Rivers said Wayns is still not ready to join the rotation.
That has prompted the team to consider outside options.
“You’re looking at guys who are out of the league,” Rivers said. “There are a few guys who could get out of their contracts in China, so you’re looking at all that stuff.”
After the Clippers’ 119-112 comeback win over the Mavericks on Friday, Rivers said he already had an email inbox full of suggestions from the front office staff, led by Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks.
“Gary does most of the work,” Rivers said. “He’s been great. He makes all the calls. By the time the game was over last night, Gary and all of his other guys had my email full of names from each guy, each suggestion. It’s the same thing you guys know, if they’re not in the league, the list’s not that great.
“There’s always somebody, you just never know. You could get a guy and he fits your team. You just never know. And we don’t have to look at point guards. We could go unconventional and look at a 3 that can handle the ball and play differently.”