Los Angeles Clippers Considered Signing Kai Jones as Interior Reinforcement
The Los Angeles Clippers have explored the possibility of signing Kai Jones to bolster their interior presence following Mason Plumlee’s knee injury, as reported by esteemed journalist Jake Fischer from Yahoo Sports.
Exploring Options for Interior Reinforcement
The Los Angeles franchise has made waves in the market as they seek to strengthen their interior game. However, the information gathered about Jones has dampened any potential consideration. According to Fischer, the center “does not seem to be physically or mentally ready to compete in an NBA game at this time.”
Kai Jones’ Performance and Background
Jones, who was selected 19th overall in the 2021 draft, has had a modest performance in his first two seasons as a professional in Charlotte. He has averaged just 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 9.1 minutes per game. However, his impact has been more significant in the G-League, where he has showcased his skills with averages of 17.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks as a member of the Greensboro Swarm squad.
During the offseason, Jones made a series of peculiar social media posts in which he criticized some of his teammates. Prior to the training camp, reports indicated that Jones would not join the Hornets’ preseason activities due to personal reasons. Subsequently, he requested a transfer and was eventually released. Since then, the 22-year-old has remained a free agent.
Daniel Theis as Plumlee’s Replacement
Ultimately, the Clippers have found a replacement for Plumlee in the form of Daniel Theis. The experienced center was recently released by the Indiana Pacers and is set to join the Los Angeles team pending waivers and a medical examination.
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