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NBA Free Agency 2019: Clippers Reportedly Decline to Extend Qualifying Offer to Jonathan Motley

Motley is now unlikely to return to the Clippers.

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According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo!, the Clippers are not extending a qualifying offer to Jonathan Motley, who played with L.A. and the Agua Caliente Clippers on a two-way contract last season.

Motley appeared in 22 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. However, poor defense and high turnover and foul rates made it hard for him to become a dependable depth option for the team.

The Clippers originally acquired Motley last summer, trading for his two-way contract from the Dallas Mavericks, who preferred to use their two-way slot on another prospect. However, since then the Clippers have traded for 22-year-old center Ivica Zubac and drafted 21-year-old power forward/center Mfiondu Kabengele, both of whom are better prospects than Motley.

Because Motley has only been with the Clippers for one year, his qualifying offer would have only been a one-year two-way contract, which carries no cap hit. That means that letting Motley go was not a cost-cutting move for the Clippers, but rather about preserving that two-way slot for a different player.

With those two young big men on the 15-man roster, and Angel Delgado entering the second season of a two-year two-way deal with the Clippers, it’s likely that the Clippers want to find a prospect at a different position for their second two-way slot. One option could be to put 48th overall pick Terance Mann in that role.

Motley will now be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team. He has one year of two-way contract eligibility remaining.