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Clippers to sign Justin Bibbs to a 10-day contract

The Clippers are finally filling their 15th roster spot with some backcourt depth.

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The Clippers have 11 players in their rotation, and don’t figure to need any additional bodies for their playoff chase. However, that isn’t stopping LA from continuing to evaluate talent in preparation for upcoming seasons.

According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Clippers will be signing Justin Bibbs of the Maine Red Claws (the Boston Celtics G-League affiliate) to a 10-day contract. The team has had an empty roster spot since the trade deadline, and LA will be using it on the 6-foot-5 guard out of Virginia Tech who went undrafted in 2018 and is playing his first professional season in the G League.

Bibbs played four years for the Hokies, averaging 11.4 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field, including 42.4 percent from three-point range. He played high school basketball at Montverde Academy in Florida, which has produced several NBA players, including Luc Mbah a Moute, D’Angelo Russell, and Ben Simmons.

In his 44 games with the Red Claws, Bibbs has played more point guard than he did during his collegiate career. His shooting hasn’t yet translated from his college days, but Bibbs has had to defend the primary perimeter threat on opposing teams.

Bibbs probably won’t see the floor for the Clippers, given their extensive guard depth and the fact that Jerome Robinson isn’t even getting minutes. However, successful teams are built on the margins. Identifying undervalued players — even if LA will likely only get a look at Bibbs in practice — is the mark of a proactive front office that is continuing to keep the future in mind even during the home stretch of playoff-bound season.