The Los Angeles Clippers are apparently not all that pleased with the bench they assembled this summer after all as Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson are on the trading block, and the interest is not all that hot.
“There is not much of a market for them,” one NBA executive said. “They are buyout candidates. Maybe Lance goes back to Indiana, you never know. You won’t get back much for them.”
Said another team’s front-office executive: “They are talented, but when you add people like that it does affect the chemistry of their team. I don’t think they will be traded. It’s a tough thing to do because they didn’t have a lot of takers beforehand.”
And the issues aren’t limited to play:
The Orange County Register previously reported that Smith was involved in a loud shouting match with a Clippers assistant coach following a 90-81 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 21. The assistant in question was Mike Woodson, a source told Yahoo. Woodson coached Smith in Atlanta
The Clippers made a number of moves this offseason revamping their bench, and a number of analysts felt like they resolved the problems that left them with an overreliance on their starters last year. However, they’ve been outscored by 3.0 points per 100 possessions this season, ranking them 21st in the NBA. The unit shoots just 40.0 percent overall and 27.8 percent from deep. Smith is shooting 39.8 percent, averaging 5.5 points and 4.2 boards. Both are career lows. Stephenson is shooting 43.0 percent and scoring 5.3 points.
Maybe putting a bunch of volatile personalities and inefficient volume scorers together wasn’t such a great idea after all.