Almost a week into free agency, the Los Angeles Clippers’ biggest moves have been re-signing their own free agents.
Once the Clippers were ruled out from the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, Los Angeles turned their focus inwards by retaining guards Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, as well as forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson.
The Clippers re-signed Mbah A Moute to a two-year, $4.5 million contract via the team’s bi-annual exception. He comes at a bargain considering he started 61 games last season.
Crawford gets a three-year, $42 million deal from L.A. Reports surfaced earlier in the day that the three-time Sixth Man of the year would bolt for more money. However, the Clippers kept him. Despite being age 36, Crawford averaged just over 14 points per game last season.
Speaking of guards, Rivers will re-up with the Clippers for a three-year, $35 million contract. The 25-year-old admitted it was weird negotiating with his father Doc Rivers. Austin averaged 8.9 points and 1.5 assists per game last year.
Johnson inks an $18 million deal, over three years. Johnson’s announcement came on the same day as Rivers. The athletic wing averaged 6.9 points and 1.4 assists in his lone season with the Clippers.
Also noted, the Clippers did not re-sign all of their free agents.
These deals do not become official until the NBA moratorium is lifted on Thursday.
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