Open roster spot needed for Dickau, is Aaron Williams gone?

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JamFan
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The Clippers need to create a roster spot. If they want to keep both Guillermo Diaz and Dan Dickau they would be at 16 players, which of course can not happen. So somebody has to go. Who is the odd man out? It could be Aaron Williams? In the last year of his contract where he is paid to much at 1.75 Mil, he could be traded for a second round pick. The Clips could buy him out. He is only 6'9" so he doens't make a very good backup center. And with Al Thorton, Corey Maggette, Paul Davis, Tim Thomas, Quintin Ross, and Josh Powell all able to play forward, and with EB coming back mid season, Williams certainly seems expendable. He played very little last year, and now we have added Al Thorton and Josh Powell. I'm not sure we know if Dickau, Diaz, or Powell's contracts are guaranteed. Thorton's and Knight's contracts probably are guaranteed. We would need to clear two spots to keep Korolev. There is always the possibility of a 2 (or3) for 1 trade that would free up a spot or two. They could package Maggette, who can opt out, with Williams and his expiring contract, and another second tier player, for an All Star PG like Baron Davis or PF like Shawn Marion or the player of their dreams. This all assumes they are sure Al Thorton is the heir apparent at SF. Lots of questions, so what is the answer?

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I think that they'd want to keep Aaron Williams and that Diaz would be the odd man out- unless Guillermo plays better than Dickau during the pre-season. I don't think Dunleavy would feel comfortable with Paul Davis as the only backup to Chris Kaman. As for Korolev even Ralph said that he would be a long shot to make the team. We'll have to see!

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Agree once again.

JamFan
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Yeah, Williams is so valuable they didn't even bother to play him at all in 48 games last season. And the 38 games he did get into he only played 9 minutes. But he did average 2 pts and 2 rbs while he was in there, mostly garbage time. So, I say let's keep a washed up 36 year old ageing veteran that nobody wanted before we signed him, and release a young, freakishly athletic protege, that has a bright future ahead of him, and keep the guy who is going to be on crutches real soon. Besides that, Aaron will fold up his tent and go home after the first time in practice when Guillermo Diaz jumps completely over him to slam dunk. If you think I am joking, I have actually since a pic of Diaz doing just that in a game, over a 7" center. And he is all of 6'2". Moreover, scouting reports say that that staff already think that the Bigs, Kaman, Thomas, Davis, and Powell are going to get all the minutes until EB gets back. So Williams is going to be a big waste of space on the pine again. So, disagree once again. But there is no telling what they will actually do. They have until the season begins. It takes two to buy out a contact. If Aaron does not play ball, they could just release him.

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Aaron should be out. Too many better options than giving him minutes. Dickau may only have a contract for camp.

jlemmen43
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Diaz is gonna have to be damn good in camp, if they're gonna keep him over Aaron Williams. I'm all for buying out A-Will, but we may need a third center just in case. I dunno. I guess if Kaman goes down, we're probably screwed anyways, no matter who our 2nd or 3rd string centers are.

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Obviously it's not all about athleticism to be a success in the NBA- ask Steve Nash (lack of it) and countless other players who could jump out of the gym but don't have the skills it takes. Aaron Williams is a solid defender and a smart player, and he would be called upon to help guard centers like Illgauskas, Dwight Howard, and Yao Ming. I mean who are you going to go to when Kaman has 4 fouls in the 3rd quarter to guard a guy like Yao? Powell? Thornton? Thomas? Maybe Davis, but I'd much rather have a strong guy like Aaron Williams defending in that situation.

JamFan
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If the team looks at Davis as a backup PF, then we probably need an upgrade at backup center. Williams gives up about a foot in height against guys like Yao. At 6'9", he's a backup center in a small PF body. But his days are numbered. I still say that with the team going to uptempo, and with EB coming back eventually, I would like the see the future held onto. But we can agree to disagree on this one. Coach will be making the final decision, and it will be a tough one. Of course, a two for one, or three for one trade would bail him out, because that would open up roster spots. But a trade would certainly shake up our roster, especially if Maggette is that guy that goes. If Maggette has quietly signaled to the Clips he really won't sign next summer, they will have to move him somewhere between now and the trading deadline. For me, if it has to be, lets do it now, so we know who we are going to get and we can move forward for the whole season with the new lineup, instead of everything getting disrupted in February.

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Aaron didn't play much last year, but when he was in there he was solid. He had some nice putbacks around the hoop, when no one else was playing that role.

We might be counting on Paul Davis a little too much at this point. He was impressive in the summer league, but that's only a few games against inferior opposition. So I'm not yet convinced he's a serviceable backup center. After camp and into preseason, if he shows something, then he could take Aaron's spot. But unless that happens, Aaron is the best option after Kaman. Or they'll have to go "up tempo" every time they take Kaman out (which was alot last year!)

Aaron at least provides someone for Sam to talk with about "the old days".

JamFan
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The Coach is high on Josh Powell. Maybe he is the one that steps up this season. They say he actually plays a lot like EB. Has a simlar game. Hek, if he became 80% of what EB is, then we got a keeper. Williams at age 36, is not going to be any better than what he already is, a reliable backup. Davis is going to have to prove that he is more than just a reliable backup. This is an area of concern for the Clips, especially with Kaman already out with lower back pain and is day to day. I hope that doesn't linger on during the season. We can't afford any more casualties to our starting lineup.

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