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Spurs to Sign Andre Miller, Waive Potential Clippers Target Ray McCallum

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The Clippers could pick up the young guard from the Spurs.

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Word came out today once Andre Miller cleared waivers that San Antonio would be his destination, as the nearly-40-year-old veteran point guard heads to the Spurs, where he'll raise the average age to something like 36.  Because the Spurs had a full roster, they were forced to waive someone to clear space for Miller, and they chose one of the few young players on the roster--point guard Ray McCallum.

The Spurs traded a second-round pick this summer to acquire McCallum from the Sacramento Kings, who selected him early in the second round of the 2013 draft.  Ray bounced back and forth between the Spurs and their NBA D-League team, the Austin Spurs, playing 8.5 minutes a game in 30 games as a big-league Spur.

McCallum is far from a great player or a piece that moves the needle for any team, but he could be a worthwhile pickup for the Clippers, who currently only have two real point guards on the roster--Chris Paul and 38-year-old Prigioni.  The 24-year-old McCallum would bring a nice change of pace with his aggressive defense and driving play style.  Pablo has played well in the backup point guard role, but it's no secret that the Clippers could use short-term and long-term depth at the position as they attempt to keep Chris Paul's minutes down and prepare for a future where Prigioni (again, 38 years old) and the soon-to-be 36-year-old Jamal Crawford are both free agents.

Immediately, McCallum would be in a nice position, having a chance to earn second-unit minutes on a high-level team without the pressure of having to be ready for such a role right away.  In the long-term, he would likely be affordable to retain this summer with the Clippers having his early bird rights.

When McCallum is waived, the Clippers can claim him off of waivers instead of waiting for him to clear.  While they don't have any cap space, they do have the TPE from the deal that sent Josh Smith to Houston, and Ray's 947k salary fits within Smith's 952k exception.  However, due to McCallum's low salary, there could be plenty of other teams higher on the waiver order willing to give him a shot.