In recent NBA news, Carlos Arroyo is currently being looked at by the Clippers. Arroyo would play the backup role behind Baron Davis (his time share with Sebastian Telfair would be unclear at this point). With the first overall draft pick of Blake Griffin and a core of veterans surrounding him, it looks like the Clippers are ready to take a step forward after a disappointing 08-09 campaign.
Some speculate that the rumors are coming from Arroyo’s end. After all, this would be a smart move, as it may increase his desirability around the league.
Arroyo has always been known as a talented NBA point guard, and he was a more than serviceable backup in both Utah and Orlando. However, he left the NBA for a lucrative two year deal that landed him in Israel, where he led Macabbi Tel Aviv to a league championship last season, and even won the MVP of the finals.
As a Clipper, Arroyo would back up Baron Davis, but it raises a question about the role of Sebastian Telfair and the Clippers’ interest in him. Telfair, once extremely hyped around the league, has failed to come through on the potential the Timberwolves (and many others) believed he had.
There’s always been no doubt as to Arroyo’s talent, but the bigger concerns have to do with his attitude.
Arroyo is known to clash with his coaches, as he did with both Jerry Sloan and Stan Van Gundy. This put a drain on the chemistry of both teams.
On the other hand, at 30 years old, Arroyo may have matured, as many NBA players do through the years. It seems like the overseas experience has humbled him a bit, and he seemed to show no ill will toward any coaches or teammates during his time overseas.
The Clippers had recently been courting Ramon Sessions, who served as a backup to Luke Ridnour in Milwaukee last season. With the news that Sessions has reached a deal with the Timberwolves, the Clippers may be even more inclined to make something happen here.