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As a contender, the Clippers get the perk of attracting waived talent.

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While the trade deadline provided the Los Angeles Clippers with plenty to talk about, the team is not necessarily done with additions to the roster. Many teams in the NBA are expected to evaluate whether they wish to waive or buyout players from their roster. The advantage for teams to do this is the savings against the cap. Buyouts mean players will agree to take less of what is guaranteed of them in return for the termination of a contract. Players that are waived are just basically let go from teams with savings typically being the NBA's minimal salary amount (being subtracted from the originally owed remaining salary) that players will subsequently earn if/when they sign with another team.

When bought out or waived players hit the market, they almost always seek to join a playoff contending team. The Clippers in the Chris Paul-era have enjoyed this perk of being able to attract talent to supplement the roster. While Jeff Ayers had been part of the team on two separate 10-day contracts, he has not been brought back by the team for a third contract (that would run the remainder of the season). Instead, the 15th roster spot on the Clippers remains open because Jeff Green will be taking Lance Stephenson's slot. Yes, the Clippers recently signed a NBDL player for that slot, but there is likely no expectation that he will last beyond one or two 10-day contracts.

So who is available/worth considering? The NBA has already seen plenty of teams move quickly to sever ties with players that are now on the market. While the Clippers can only offer these players the minimum in a contract for the remainder of the season, it's likely irrelevant for many of these players.

David Lee

Not as productive as he used to be with the Knicks and Warriors, Lee played sparsely on a youth focused Celtics team. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in 15.7 minutes/game. Capable of multiple positions, Lee's contributions are more offense than (any) defense. With Green on-board, it's unlikely a fit exists between the Clippers and Lee. That evidently is fine because:

J.J Hickson

Denver has waived forward JJ Hickson by the Nuggets after they found no takers before the trade deadline. Though also 6'9'', his two positions of experience are power forward and as an undersized center. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game this year.

Anderson Varejao

Waived by the Portland Trailblazers, Varejao is a player perhaps going off reputation more than what he's done this season/of late. Appearing in only 31 games this year at 10 minutes per game, Varejao has averaged only 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He can bring energy/hustle for whatever minutes he does player and expects to have many suitors.

Is there anyone that catches your eye? How about Joe Johnson or Steve Novak?