The Los Angeles Clippers have certainly been active this offseason. They locked up Blake Griffin, re-signed Chauncey Billups, and brought in some veteran help with the likes of Jamal Crawford and Lamar Odom. Now, there are rumors that the Clips may be targeting veteran small forward Grant Hill to solidify their bench and add more experience to their club. This seems to be the trend with playoff teams, as veterans with a small window of opportunity can tend to find themselves trying to support a talented team like the Clippers. Is Hill a good fit?
What is left in the tank?
Hill is 39, so there is certainly going to be some concerns about age and injury. Grant has not been the most durable athlete in his career, but he is always intriguing because he can still be a productive player when healthy. Last season with the Suns, he averaged 10.2 points per game in 28 minutes of work. One concern may be that his three-point shooting was down from prior years, as he only hit 26% of his threes from behind the arc.
Position of need?
Is this a position of need for the Clippers? That really depends on the future of Ryan Gomes. Gomes is ten years younger, but he has also struggled to find a productive role in the Clippers offense over the last couple of seasons. Hill is not a long-term solution, but it doesn't necessarily appear that Ryan is either. The problem may be that the Clippers could have a hard time finding someone to take Gomes off their hands.
Someone like Grant Hill is intriguing because he has those intangibles that can be so valuable for a club that is trying to get to the next level. Hill is a veteran and could be the type of guy that would pair with Chauncey Billups and provide leadership to this club. He may not play a huge role in the offense, but he would bring a measure of consistency and clutch play in those crucial playoff situations where the experienced vets need to step up and hit big shots.
The author grew up in Seattle and now lives in Los Angeles, where he waits patiently for the Sonics to return to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he roots for the Clippers to become a winning franchise, and perhaps even the most popular team in their own city. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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