NBA Roundtable

Clippers Bring Back Skinner

In Free Agency on September 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm

RealGM has the press release

The Los Angeles Clippers today re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Brian Skinner.

Per team policy terms of the contract were not released.

In 51 games played with the Clippers last season, Skinner averaged 4.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 16.5 minutes per game. Over his 11 year NBA career, Skinner has tallied 4.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 18.3 minutes per game.

This takes the Clippers roster up to 14 bodies, a number which I believe Mike Dunleavy normally likes to enter camp with in recent seasons. So this is likely the Clippers last signing.


As for the signing itself, it seems rather pointless at the moment. The Clippers have five bigs ahead of Skinner in the rotation with Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby, Craig Smith and DeAndre Jordan. I don’t want to see Skinner playing ahead of any of these guys, and each one of these players is capable of logging a lot more minutes than they’ll be asked for.

Then again, maybe Dunleavy is nervous on the injury front. After all, his team was hit pretty hard last season.

Or perhaps Dunleavy is bringing in some extra insurance in case he can find a suitable trade for Kaman or Camby later in the season, leaving him with a need for another capable big man.

Anyway, Brian Skinner is a solid end of bench backup big man. He plays serviceable defense (below average, but decent) and he rebounds the ball well, and understands his limitations offensively. He’s a decent fifth big in the rotation and an excellent sixth big in the rotation, and they’re the roles that he’ll be asked to fill next season.

Side Note – I would have liked to have seen the Clippers sign another wing instead. There are a couple of players (Udoka + Bogans) who I feel are good enough to crack the Clippers rotation, and make a more meaningful contribution to LA next year.

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