LA Clippers bring back Tyrone Wallace
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In a surprise move, the LA Clippers have opted to retain young guard Tyrone Wallace by matching an offer sheet tendered by the New Orleans Pelicans.

With a glut of guards, the Clippers were expected to let Wallace walk. However, he was a valuable piece of head coach Doc Rivers’ bench last season as the franchise fought through a rash of injuries.

The initial goal was likely to have Wallace develop in the G League with the organization’s Agua Caliente Clippers affiliate. The injuries necessitated his move to the parent club, where he appeared in 30 games. Wallace emerged as a vital bench piece that allowed the team to stay afloat despite the injuries, allowing the Clippers to finish the season at 42-40.

With the Clippers, Wallace averaged 9.7 PPG and 3.5 RPG. Meanwhile, during his time in the G League, Wallace tallied 22.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG. His time in both leagues showed that he can excel when given more minutes. By rejoining the Clippers, Wallace will have the opportunity to fight for minutes, especially with players like Patrick Beverley, Wes Johnson, and Avery Bradley.

Citing a dedication to improvement, Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations, described Wallace as a player who is “versatile, competitive, and tough-minded.”

Training camp and the preseason will be pivotal for Wallace as he tries to crack the rotation.

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