Marjanovic posted 18 points (5-8 FG, 8-9 FT), six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 15 minutes in Tuesday's 122-120 win over the Nuggets. With the Clippers down by 19 at one point in the third quarter, head coach Doc Rivers emptied his bench in an effort to ignite a spark, leading to Marjanovic's first taste of real game action since arriving via trade in late January. The towering 29-year-old had only logged a sole minute on the court in his Los Angeles tenure prior to Tuesday, but he was instrumental in the unlikely comeback victory versus the Nuggets. His scoring total ended up second only to Lou Williams on the team, but despite the unexpected surge, it's difficult to imagine that Marjanovic will receive much more than Tuesday's allotment of minutes on any given night. Therefore, his fantasy value in even the deepest of formats remains highly speculative for the moment.
Marjanovic did not play in Saturday's win over Chicago. The big man was technically available off the bench, but he didn't get the call from coach Doc Rivers, and it remains to be seen how much of a role he'll have with his new team. For now, he appears to be firmly behind DeAndre Jordan and Montrezl Harrell on the depth chart, though his fortunes could change if Jordan is dealt before the deadline.
Marjanovic is expected to make his Clippers debut Saturday against the Bulls, Elliott Teaford of the Torrance Daily Breeze reports. Marjanovic will have to pass his physical before taking the floor for his new team. It's unclear what sort of role he'll play with the Clippers, but it appears he could end up being a third-string center once more, with DeAndre Jordan and Montrezl Harrell ahead of him. We will likely have to use a wait-and-see approach unless coach Doc Rivers announces something specific.
Marjanovic was traded to the Clippers on Monday as part of a deal for Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, and Brice Johnson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Marjanovic played sparingly with the Pistons, and he figures to do the same for his new squad initially. However, if the trade of Griffin is a precursor to the team also moving DeAndre Jordan, Marjanovic could find himself playing a much bigger role at the center position.
Marjanovic will move back to the bench for Wednesday's game against the 76ers. Andre Drummond missed Wednesday's game with a rib injury, allowing Marjanovic to start and post respectable numbers of 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a block over 22 minutes. However, Drummond is officially back in the lineup Friday, so he'll start as usual, which sends Marjanovic back to the bench. That likely means a much smaller role and should take him off the fantasy radar considering he had played a total of just seven minutes in the four games prior to Wednesday's start.
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