Clippers Agree to Terms with Reggie Evans
HOOPSWORLD has learned that the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to terms with forward Reggie Evans, rounding what is expected to be the final piece of their roster.
Evans, at 6’8″, has a surprising knack for rebounding. Last season with the Toronto Raptors, Evans averaged 11.5 boards a night (but was limited to 30 games with a foot injury).
At 31-years old, Reggie took the veterans minimum to join the Clippers ($1.2 million)
The Clippers still have their Room Exception ($2.5 million) and a $3.8 million trade exception from the Chris Paul trade.
Expect LA to eventually trim invites Marcus Hubbard and Courtney Fortson to solidify the roster at 13.
The team would have two spots available should an opportunity arise.
The Clippers are emulating the backcourt formula of the Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys era with Paul in the Isiah Thomas Role, Chauncey Billups as Joe Dumars and Mo Williams cast as Vinnie Johnson.
Of course the Pistons didn’t have anyone like Blake Griffin.
Time will tell if the Clippers can come close to Detroit’s level of play, especially defensively, given that Piston group won back-to-back titles.
This Clipper squad has far more of an offensive make-up but Evans adds a tough, rugged rebounder who has almost no interest in looking for his shot. Would that make him the Dennis Rodman of the Detroit analogy?
LA will have Evans, Brian Cook, rookie Trey Thompkins and Ryan Gomes to back up Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan.
Size could be an issue down the road given the team’s lack of true seven-footers but the Clippers will have the financial flexibility to add if need be.
The Clippers host their lone preseason home game on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.