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Report: Clippers to Sign Cole Aldrich Soon

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They've got their backup center.

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According to reports, the Clippers have reached an agreement with Cole Aldrich on a two-year minimum salary deal.  The second year is a player option.

Here is what I wrote about Aldrich a few hours ago, listing him as one of five names for Clippers fans to watch in the rest of free agency:

Aldrich has played center almost his entire career, until last season, when basketball-reference says that he played over half of his minutes at power forward. A former 11th overall pick on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster, Aldrich never carved out a role with the Clippers' Western Conference rivals, appearing in just 44 games during his two seasons there. Then, he was traded to Houston and Sacramento, where he played just 45 total games and saw the court for under 400 total minutes, before landing as a free agent with the New York Knicks. His first year in New York was history repeating itself: 46 games, 330 minutes, nothing to phone home about.

However, last year, he got a real role for the first time in his career, and say what you want about him being a "stiff", he produced statistically. His per 36 averages of 12.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.4 blocks are stellar, and while he likely wouldn't really produce those numbers in a starting role, he did it in 16 minutes per game last season, which is a similar role to the one he'd likely see as a Clipper. Aldrich, a Kansas big man like Arthur, will turn 27 on Halloween this year, right around opening night. He is reportedly in touch with the Knicks, but hasn't gathered a lot of league-wide interest and hasn't reached an agreement with New York.

Marc Stein indicates that the Clippers plan to sign him today: