Clippers Interested in Carlos Arroyo
The latest rumor has it that the Los Angeles Clippers are looking at Carlos Arroyo and making an effort to acquire him. Arroyo would be a serviceable backup to Baron Davis, and it looks like this Clippers team is serious about making an impact in the 09-10 basketball season.
Some speculate that the rumors are coming from Arroyo's end. After all, this would be a smart move, as it may increase his desirability around the league.
Arroyo, who played in the NBA up until two seasons ago, left for the Israeli league and led Maccabi Tel Aviv to a championship, where he was named the finals MVP. Previously a backup to Deron Williams and Jameer Nelson, he showed that he's more than capable of being a contributor at this point in his career.
As a Clipper, Arroyo would back up Baron Davis, but it raises a question about the role of Sebastian Telfair and the Clippers' interest in him. Telfair, once extremely hyped around the league, has failed to come through on the potential the Timberwolves (and many others) believed he had.
The biggest concern in the past that teams have had about Arroyo is not his playing ability, but more so the chemistry he brings to (or takes away from) a team.
Having played for both Stan Van Gundy in Orlando and Jerry Sloan with the Jazz, Arroyo had problems getting along with both coaches. Many NBA coaches may be inclined to stay away from him as a result.
Still, at 30 years old and after a stint overseas, it can be said that Arroyo may have reached a new maturity point in his career, ready to put those days behind him.
The Clippers had recently been courting Ramon Sessions, who served as a backup to Luke Ridnour in Milwaukee last season. With the news that Sessions has reached a deal with the Timberwolves, the Clippers may be even more inclined to make something happen here.