Having seen their All-Star Blake Griffin charged with misdemeanour battery this week, and with the recent Donald Sterling racism saga still fresh in the memory, you would think the Los Angeles Clippers would be looking to keep their heads down and let their basketball do the talking from here on in.
Reports then that the Clippers franchise is considering a shock move for Metta World Peace, one of the more controversial figures to play in the NBA in recent times, may be a cause for concern for the Clippers fan base - and not just because he is an ex-Los Angeles Laker.
World Peace's brother, Daniel Artest, claimed this week that the Clippers are interested in signing the 35-year-old veteran. The former Lakers big man currently plays for Sichuan Blue Whales in the China Basketball Association meaning any deal would likely happen following the conclusion of the CBA season in February 2015.
Worth a shot?
Metta World Peace has good NBA pedigree having won a championship with the Lakers in 2010 as well as being named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.
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But the forward looked decidedly average during his one season with the New York Knicks last year, starting just one game for his home town franchise and averaging his lowest ever PPG totals before he was waived in February this year.
The veteran has certainly mellowed since his earlier crowd-invading days in the NBA, but whether Doc Rivers sees any value in an ageing star who is unlikely to sit patiently on the sidelines remains to be seen.
We are yet to hear from the player himself regarding the rumor but if the Clippers do hold genuine interest in bringing Metta World Peace in as an experience back up option they will have to do some financial manoeuvring before it is possible.
As reported by Pro Basketball Talk, the LA franchise are currently tied down cap wise and would have to waive Jared Cunningham prior to January 10th (when his contract becomes guaranteed) in order to free up both an open roster spot and the required finances.