The Clippers conducted some more offseason business today, extending qualifying offers to center Ivica Zubac and wing Rodney McGruder. That makes Zubac and McGruder restricted free agents, which means the team will have the right to match any contract offer they receive during the offseason.
The Clippers have made a qualifying offer to center Ivica Zubac, making him a restricted free agent, a source said, confirming @ShamsCharania's report.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) June 28, 2019
In addition to Zubac, the Clippers have also extended a qualifying offer to guard Rodney McGruder, a source told @latimes, making him a restricted free agent.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) June 28, 2019
LA also has the ability to negotiate whatever deals the team wants with Zubac and McGruder as well. Zubac will be entering his fourth season in the league and currently projects as the Clippers starting center, assuming head coach Doc Rivers maintains his preference of bringing Montrezl Harrell off the bench with Lou Williams. McGruder was picked up before the last game of the season and ineligible to play in the postseason, but was still present with the team, suggesting the Clippers’ interest in keeping him around.
The cap hold for both players is now at $1,931,189, leaving LA with over $54 million of available cap space. The Clippers can renounce the qualifying offers if they need the cap space for some other reason. They can also execute sign-and-trades with Zubac and McGruder now that they retain their restricted free-agent rights.
The Clippers were likely to give qualifying offers to both players even if they needed to clear two max slots, so there’s nothing really to be gleaned from this move. Now, we just wait until we know what sort of contracts each player will earn either from LA or some other team this offseason.