According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Clippers are signing Australian forward Joe Ingles to a one-year deal fresh off a strong showing at the FIBA World Cup. Specifics have not emerged, but Stein has said in the past that Ingles had likely secured himself a guaranteed deal, which would give the Clippers a full roster heading into training camp.
In five games in Spain, Ingles averaged 11.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while putting up 18 points and four assists in Australia's group win over Lithuania, who finished fourth in the tournament after falling to France in the bronze medal game. Ingles was also a standout player for Australia in the 2012 Olympics, averaging 15 points and five rebounds per game for the Boomers while scoring 19 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists in their quarterfinal loss to Team USA.
Ingles is a 26-year old swingman with decent size at 6-foot-8 and a fair amount of bulk as well, meaning he could function as a small ball four in certain situations. Over the past few years he's become a more consistent three-point shooter and could end up being an average long distance option at the NBA level, perhaps settling in around 36-38% from deep. Ingles is also a strong creator for a forward and is capable of being a ballmover in Doc Rivers' flowing offense.
Ingles spent three seasons at Barcelona,
where he played alongside Lionel Messi, before moving to Maccabi Tel Aviv for the past two seasons, so on top of his experience with Australia's national team, Ingles has also spent a good chunk of time playing for some of Europe's top teams.
The Clippers have added a good number of wing players this off-season, drafting C.J. Wilcox out of Washington, re-signing Hedo Turkoglu and recently adding Chris Douglas-Roberts, but after signing a quality back-up big man in Ekpe Udoh, there was some flexibility with the final roster spot, and Ingles is a solid piece from a depth perspective and he may wind up winning himself some playing time since he figures to be more prepared coming into training camp than Wilcox and even second year player Reggie Bullock.