Clippers Offering Emeka Okafor $12 Million a Year?
Still, there’s no sense reaching free agency unless you’re open to changing teams. The flavor of the moment is the Clippers, whose loss of Elton Brand leaves them short a power forward but holding abundant salary-cap room.
I’m told it would be no problem for the Clippers to start a contract in the $10million to $12million range, so with annual raises they could offer at least as much as the Bobcats did.
The Clippers had Smith in for a visit, and he seems to be their priority. Smith is smaller than Okafor, but more of a runner and leaper.
You sign Okafor to get more rugged, and the Clippers already have a big-bodied rebounder in center Chris Kaman. Maybe they’re thinking Smith’s dunking and shot-blocking have appeal for a franchise always challenged to sell tickets.