After a few weeks of silence from the Clippers, the organization finally opened its doors (at least via Zoom) Tuesday and let out a flood of news. As a result, we have a complete picture of the team’s training camp roster for the 2020-21 season. It’s about time, considering training camp technically began on Dec. 1.
Each team is allowed to have 20 players in training camp. That whittles down to 15 players on the active roster, and two players on two-ways. However, the Clippers are hard-capped and are unlikely to have the spending power to carry more than 14 players.
The Clippers currently have 14 players on guaranteed contracts: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverley, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac, Serge Ibaka, Lou Williams, Luke Kennard, Patrick Patterson, Nic Batum, Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Mfiondu Kabengele, and Daniel Oturu. The team confirmed the signings of Jackson and Batum Tuesday; they also announced that they were waiving Joakim Noah, who will likely be retiring.
Amir Coffey and Jay Scrubb, who was selected in the second round of this year’s draft, will both reportedly be on two-way deals. The remaining camp invites include Ky Bowman, formerly of the Golden State Warriors; Malik Fitts and Jordan Ford, rookies out of St. Mary’s; and Rayjon Tucker, who was undrafted in 2019 and spent the majority of the season with the Utah Jazz.
Tucker’s signing was also announced late Tuesday evening. The 23-year-old is an explosive athlete who was a prolific scorer in the G League, averaging 23.3 points per game. He was a more reluctant shooter with the Jazz in limited minutes, but he was the belle of the ball at the G League showcase last year. Now the Clippers will see if they can translate his potential to the NBA level.
Reporting has indicated that Bowman and Tucker will be given an opportunity to compete for a roster spot, but it’s unclear what that looks like considering the team’s cap constraints. Perhaps the Clippers will keep that player on their G League team during the first part of the season and then sign them to an NBA deal later in the year when their prorated contract fits under the hard cap.
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More news for Wednesday:
- The Clippers will be tentatively be playing on Christmas yet again, this time in Denver against their playoff vanquishers, per ESPN.
- Andrew Greif looks into what the Clippers can expect from Batum.
- The Clippers officially revealed their 2020-21 City Edition jerseys, a black version of last year’s white alternates. The L.A. Times and Orange County Register each went deeper on Mister Cartoon and the origin of the look.
- Speaking of uniforms, Zach Lowe has the story on the latest edition of Miami’s Vice jerseys, which remain my favorite in the league.
- ESPN predicted the standings for the upcoming season.
- Michael Pina gave an interesting perspective on the goals of the Hawks offseason. Come for the analysis, stay for the Clippers conspiracy theory near the end.