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Bye bye Richie

The Clippers waived Richie Frahm today.  Here's the press release they sent out.

The Los Angeles Clippers today waived guard Richie Frahm.

Frahm, who was signed as a free agent on December 14, appeared in ten games (2 starts) and averaged 4.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

The Clippers roster currently stands at 14 players.

What the press release doesn't say is that Frahm's contract stood to become guaranteed before Wednesday's game against Orlando.  So if they wanted to retain one spot of roster flexibility, there was no reason to have him practicing today.  

My feeling is that Frahm did a good job.  Obviously he filled a need of an outside shooter on this team, and he wasn't nearly the defensive liability that 'veteran journeyman from Gonzaga' might imply.  However, it's entirely possible that Frahm looked like a good shooter only as compared to the other players on the Clippers.  The reality is that it's tough to come in and make an impact, and at the end of the day Frahm shot 37% as a Clipper, and 28% from three.  

Interestingly, with Paul Davis out for the year and in the final year of his contract, the Clippers could in fact create some more roster flexibility by waiving Davis.  It may seem a little harsh, but it would be a non-issue for all intents and purposes.  If they waive him, they lose some early Bird rights to re-sign him - big deal.  It's not like he's going to be in high demand next summer.

At any rate, this all means that the Clippers have to flexibility to sign a free agent (maybe someone from the D-league) or trade 1 for 2, or whatever, if they want to.