Coach Rivers hoping to add depth in small forward position ahead of new season…
Australian swingman Joe Ingles is reportedly set to join the Los Angeles Clippers ahead of the new NBA season after impressing at the FIBA World Cup in Spain this summer.
According to ESPN, Ingles has signed a one-year deal with the Clippers after attracting interest from several teams following his performances for the Boomers in Spain.
However, he will be heading to Los Angeles for the new NBA season as Coach and team president Doc Rivers looks to finally find the solution to his problems at small forward after signing a number of players over the past year to fill the role.
Ingles will likely strengthen the Clippers in that position and will relish the opportunity to test himself in the NBA after playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel last year.
The 26-year-old played under new Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt at his former club, while Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown was keen to bring him to his franchise after working together during the 2012 Olympics with the Australian national team.
It is understood that the Memphis Grizzlies were also involved in discussions last summer as a result of Marc Gasol recommending his former Barcelona team-mate, but the Australian was keen to continue his development in Europe for another year before heading Stateside.
Ingles averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 assists per game for Australia at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, and he will now hope to play a key role for the Clippers next season as they look to compete for an NBA championship.