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Reasons Dunleavy is unlikely to go to Clippers

Or at least what the L.A. Times Clipper beat writer thinks would be prohibitive factors. The guy didn't mention the base-year issue though, which is kind of big . . . still an interesting perspective.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/clippers/la-spw-clippersqa28dec29,1,7489790.story?coll= la-headlines-sports-nba-clippe&ctrack=1&cset=true

Q: Why don't the Clippers immediately make the trade for Mike Dunleavy Jr.? He handles the ball well, has the outside shot, and has a high basketball IQ. Don Nelson erred early in the season by publicly humiliating him, thereby throwing fuel on the fire with the home crowd up there. His overall stats per minute have been excellent.

Jim Babbitz

A: Well, it's not that simple. There are salary-cap issues because Mike Jr. has a higher salary than Corey Maggette, who the Clippers need to trade because of Maggette's poor relationship with Mike Sr. The younger Dunleavy's contract could put the Clippers into the luxury-tax threshold, and owner Donald T. Sterling would rather not pay the tax. Also, some in the organization think it would be a bad idea for Mike Jr. to play for his father. Other players could be uncomfortable talking freely about the coach if his son was on the team. And Mike Jr. could be in a bad position if his teammates do not trust him because of his relationship with the coach. That could lead to chemistry problems, which wouldn't be a good thing for the Clippers. And if Mike Jr. played poorly, Mike Sr. could take a lot of heat for bringing in his son.

Be careful what you wish for Jim Babbitz!!

Salaries:

http://www.hoopshype.com/salaries/la_clippers.htm

http://www.hoopshype.com/salaries/golden_state.htm

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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