The Los Angeles Clippers have gone about further tidying up their roster today, as they announced they have waived Xavier Moon, Malik Fitts and Nate Darling.
The Clippers say they have waived Xavier Moon, Malik Fitts and Nate Darling.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) October 13, 2022
That leaves the franchise at 16 players on their roster, with one regular spot and one two-way spot still open, and Moses Brown now the only Clipper not on guaranteed money heading into the new season — though Law Murray of The Athletic says he’s being considered for the team’s other two-way deal. While that would represent more clever business by the front office to get an NBA-level player on what is effectively a G-League deal, it does raise questions about their big rotation with Ivica Zubac the only other seven-footer on the books.
I'm told that Moses Brown is being considered for the other two-way contract for the Clippers. https://t.co/NMa2gcMSXZ— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) October 13, 2022
The news of Moon’s departure may come as a shock given he had grown something of a cult following in LA, and it seemed a natural fit that he would be given the two-way contract, while Brown would be added to the main roster. Despite being 27 years old, the Clippers gave Moon his first big break in the NBA and his story came to be loved by fans. Fitts and Darling, on the other hand, were only brought into training camp last week and both now leave the franchise after featuring just once against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
These latest moves will prompt questions over who the organization have their eyes on to fill the hole, and whether they’ll decide to go for more veteran experience. With other teams clearing their decks gearing up for the new season, the Clippers may already have their eyes on somebody they like — there are several experienced centers still on the market, for example. It’s hard to imagine them bringing in any more veteran point guard play or wing depth as not to block paths for promising young guys, but then you could argue an older five has the same impact on Brown and Moussa Diabate anyway.
Whatever the Clippers do next, though, it certainly promises to be an interesting few days before opening night.
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