After trading away DeAndre Liggins, the Clippers had two spots open for training camp. With one of them, they signed LaDontae Henton to a training camp deal. Henton is 25 years old, and went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft. He has since spent time with Sevilla in the Spanish ACB League, the Alaska Aces in the Philippines, and the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League.
A 6’6’’ small forward, Henton played college basketball at Providence, where he was one of two players in the schools’ history to score 2000+ points and collect 1000+ rebounds. The other player? Former Clipper Ryan Gomes!!!
LaDontae played for current Agua Caliente Clippers’ head coach Casey Hill for the Warriors last season. He played in 37 games for them, starting almost half. Henton averaged 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 28.9 minutes of playing time. While his shooting percentage wasn’t great (40.2), he did make 38.3% of his shots from distance, and took 6.4 of them per game. He therefore would seem to be direct competition with CJ Williams in camp: both are wings who take roughly half their shots from long-range.
It’s relatively unlikely that Henton plays minutes for the Clippers this year. They did just trade away Liggins to get under the luxury tax, after all. He is a candidate for the other two-way contract, however. He’s a bit younger than Williams, though his numbers are also slightly less impressive. Hopefully we see some good stuff from both guys in preseason.