The Clippers did not offer Johnathan Motley or Angel Delgado qualifying offers, making them unrestricted free agents, and opening both of the Clippers’ two-way slots. Well, one of them has now been filled, as the Clippers just announced that they are signing rookie forward Amir Coffey to a two-way deal.
Coffey played for three seasons at the University of Minnesota, making the All-Big 10 Third Team in his junior year. That season, he averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game with 2.3 turnovers in 35.3 minutes per game. He shot 43.6% from the field, 30.4% from three (3.8 attempts), and 74% from the free throw line (6.1 attempts).
Coffey played well in the Clippers’ first Summer League game, demonstrating his athleticism and finishing ability by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. His second game he was a little less impressive, but his size (6’8), athleticism, and scoring ability clearly stood out enough for the Clippers to offer him a deal.
Coffey’s biggest weaknesses are a tendency to take bad shots, inconsistent outside shooting, and poor rebounding for a player with his size and athleticism. He does play with a lot of energy, which fits in well with the Clippers current culture. Coffey certainly isn’t a game-changer, and at 22 years old doesn’t offer a ton of upside, but he can certainly score, and should have a nice season with the Agua Caliente Clippers. Congrats to Amir for securing his first professional deal!