The LA Clippers have had an active offseason this summer, and management will be faced with one more key decision prior to the start of training camp. According to The Athletic, restricted free agent, Tyrone Wallace has signed a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. As is the Clippers’ right in the restricted free agency, they can match the deal.
Wallace emerged as a feel-good story during the 2017-18 season, helping Doc Rivers’ squad stay afloat in a crowded Western Conference. While he might have otherwise spent considerable time with the G League’s Agua Caliente Clippers, Wallace made a strong impact on the NBA roster.
However, the Clippers are faced with a roster squeeze. The drafting of two guards, plus the return of Avery Bradley, Patrick Beverley, and Milos Teodosic, could make Wallace a cap casualty.
Wallace started 19 games for the Clippers in 2017-18, averaging 9.7 PPG and 3.5 RPG. With New Orleans losing some guard depth over the summer, including point guard Rajon Rondo, Wallace is a natural fit. The Pelicans are known more for their outstanding frontcourt, highlighted by star Anthony Davis, which could open up minutes for Wallace.
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