The Clippers made their final roster cut of the preseason as they announced that Rayjon Tucker has been waived. That means the team now has 14 players with guaranteed NBA contracts, and two two-way players: Amir Coffey and Jay Scrubb.
It was somewhat curious that the team waited this long to part with Tucker, considering they let go of three other training-camp invitees earlier this week. At the time, I posited that Tucker was still in the running for a two-way deal, potentially over Scrubb, but the no. 55 draft pick held onto his spot.
It’s also possible that the Clippers just wanted to keep one extra player on the roster for their final preseason game for depth purposes, and they picked Tucker because he spent last season with the Utah Jazz. It must have been fun for him to play against his former team for one night, and he chipped in two points, three rebounds, and one assist.
Overall, despite a couple of highlight plays during the three preseason games, Tucker didn’t really make a case to stick with the NBA roster with his poor shooting (27.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line) and inability to impact the game, even in garbage time. Perhaps he’ll find a landing place with the Agua Caliente Clippers, who are rumored to be a part of the G League bubble this season.
Best of luck to Tucker in the next step of his pro career, and congrats to the 14 Clippers who are officially on the team for the 2020-21 season. It’s almost go time!