He was a decent bench player, after the Clippers took him in the 2011 draft, but he didn’t even play this season because of a bone bruise, so cutting him wasn’t really any kind of blow at all.
Even Thompkins understands the importance of a healthy player in the NBA and tweeted:
I'm starting to realize that when ppl say "Only the Strong Survive".... it's really true...— Howard Thompkins (@TreyThompkins) March 17, 2013
Though, this team does have some crazy on and off court chemistry, Thompkins hasn't played a single game this season, so hopefully it won't cause too much of a rift.
In his place, the team signed D-Leaguer DaJuan Summers to a whopping 10-day contract. While it wasn’t the NBA, Summers put up some pretty good numbers for his Maine Red Claws, boasting 18 points in 33 minutes.
Summers has played in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Hornets before, but his numbers were pretty dismal. He’s very young though and seems to have improved, so being on a Chris Paul-led team might help him showcase his talents.