I'm not a big fan of B/R but finally someone has pointed out Doc's poor decision making and the lack of experience supporting him when it comes to personnel decisions and working with the new CBA cap rules.
Look no further than Rivers needing to forfeit a first-round pick to move swingman Jared Dudley to Milwaukee, the same Dudley he acquired just a year ago along with swingman J.J. Redick for the hefty price of highly prized point guard Eric Bledsoe. Moving Dudley became necessary because Rivers also handed Matt Barnes—yet another swingman—the first multiyear contract of his career last summer, assuring someone would be unhappy.
[Editorial Comment: And now he's just waived/stretched Delfino and Raduljica is next so he'll have room under the hard cap to pursue CDR and/or Udoh or possibly Ray Allen with the $4-4.5MM in new cap space created.]
For whatever reason, Rivers has received a full pass on moves that have made the Clippers marginally better yet significantly more expensive. You don't have to make more than a call or two to find someone in the league who, as one GM said, views Rivers' moves with Dudley as a "head scratcher."
"If [former Minnesota GM] David Kahn made those deals, they'd have been burning crosses on his lawn," said another NBA executive.
Several GMs said they would've put the brakes on all that for the sake of the long-term health of the team. One said he might have even traded Jamal Crawford in order to force Rivers to play first-round pick Reggie Bullock, who was a year-long afterthought (43 appearances, 395 minutes). In a sense, Rivers has spent two first-round picks to assure a few more victories last season, victories that still weren't enough to get out of the second round.
[Editorial Comment: No surprise there ... no way Doc would let some rookie get playing time ahead of a vet let alone impact his win-loss record.]