The Clips went out this summer and hauled in a whole bunch of guys, adding depth to the front court and the back court. For a while they actually looked too deep. In their last big signing they added Matt Barnes, a Laker castoff, to the fold... but how would coach Vinny Del Negro be able to find Barnes minutes?
The situation was exacerbated by the fact that Barnes has played really well in the pre-season. He's been very active in the open court and seemed to play well off the ball, especially useful with the Clippers good passers (Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Blake Griffin (becoming the game's best passing big men), and even the off-maligned Jamal Crawford). He also proved to be one of the Clippers most solid and versatile defenders. But, oh my heavens! With the sharp-looking return of Caron Butler, and the addition of one-time-all-world Grant Hill, where would Barnes get minutes? Nevermind that, if, as hoped, flexible big man Lamar Odom might also need time at the small forward spot.
Grant Hill to Miss Start of Season
Clips Nation | Oct 24