On July 31, the Clippers extended a qualifying offer to Amir Coffey, making the 24-year-old wing a restricted free agent after completing a two-year, two-way deal with the team.
His free agency has finally come to an end, as Lawrence Frank told reporters Friday that Coffey would be signing another two-way contract with L.A. with an opportunity to compete for the final spot on the 15-man NBA roster. The Clippers have 20 training camp invites, and haven’t even committed to filling the spot before the start of the season, so the battle will be fierce.
Coffey played in Summer League with the Clippers in August, starting all five games and averaging 27 minutes per contest. Coffey clearly had a mandate to get more shots up from long range, but he started off shockingly cold. He made 1-of-17 3-pointers in his first three games, though at least he added eight rebounds per outing in the process. The shooting turned around in the final two Summer League contests, as Coffey shot 8-of-13 from deep, helping the Clippers earn their lone win in Las Vegas against Utah.
The third-year player didn’t appear to seek out offers from other teams during free agency; at the very least, there wasn’t reporting of him receiving interest outside the Clippers. With the team employing a wing-heavy approach with an emphasis on shooting and downhill attacks, there is an opportunity for Coffey to find his way onto the fringes of the rotation, provided Serge Ibaka is healthy and the team doesn’t need to use its final roster spot on a backup center.
Coffey’s sister Nia just finished her first season in Los Angeles with the WNBA’s Sparks. She is an unrestricted free agent but made a strong case for why the Sparks could prioritize her return this offseason. With any luck, the two Coffeys could extend their streak of being the first W/NBA siblings to play in the same city simultaneously.