The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring FIBA world champion, Daniel Theis, center for the Indiana Pacers.
This comes in response to the unfortunate news that Mason Plumlee, a key big man, is expected to be sidelined for up to two months due to a sprained MCL, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Sources: Clippers center Mason Plumlee is expected to be sidelined as much as two months with MCL sprain in knee — and one veteran center LA is showing interest in as team evaluates external move or standing pat. pic.twitter.com/JU9vecmlyE
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 9, 2023
Theis , aged 31, has maintained an average of 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds during 15.6 minutes per game across seven matchups, including one start.
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Recently expressing dissatisfaction with his reduced playing time on the Pacers team, Theis may seize the opportunity with the Clippers, possibly opting to join forces with them.
Actually, he underwent surgery on his right knee, causing him to miss a significant portion of the season. Theis made a return in February but later found himself sidelined, not having played at all in the current 2023-24 season.
Meanwhile, the Clippers have experienced a disappointing 3-4 kickoff, enduring consecutive losses to the Knicks and Nets on the road, failing to breach the 100-point mark in both encounters.
Despite the introduction of James Harden, the team’s initial performance has left much to be desired.
Presently, Plumlee, a valuable backup for Ivica Zubac, is indisposed. Theis, who demonstrated his prowess for Germany in securing gold at the FIBA World Cup, could potentially bridge this gap.
If Indiana harbors no intentions of utilizing him, and the Clippers find themselves in need, this trade emerges as a straightforward remedy.