The Italian Job

Blake Griffin is locked up for the next five years. Jamal Crawford will soon be introduced. Chauncey Billups is coming back. So is Lamar Odom. That's a nice core. But who fills out the rest of the roster?

One of the players the Clippers have interest in is Italian sharpshooter Marco Belinelli, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Belinelli averaged 11.8 points a game for the New Orleans Hornets last season. He's a career 39 percent shooter from beyond the 3-point arc, something the Clippers desperately lacked after Billups was lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

The Clippers have discussed signing Belinelli with their bi-annual exception and various sign-and-trades with the Hornets, one of which involves small forward Ryan Gomes and a pick heading to New Orleans.