Skip to content

Clippers will stretch Miroslav Raduljica, too

Aug 29, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

Miroslav Raduljica, Omri Casspi, Donatas Motiejunas Miroslav Raduljica, Omri Casspi, Donatas Motiejunas

Update:  The Clippers have officially waived both players.

 

The Clippers – who traded Jared Dudley and a first-round pick for Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica and a second rounder – never planned to keep the payers they acquired.

It’d already been reported Delfino would be stretched and Raduljica would be waived, and now, we’re learning all the specifics.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

https://twitter.com/latbbolch/status/505401156051292160

What does that mean for the Clippers?

To start, they’ll be $4,449,228 below the hard hap, which they trigged by signing Spencer Hawes to the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. They can still offer only minimum-salary contracts, but they now can add four players. Prior to this sequence, they could have added only one.

With just 11 players left after the the stretchings, the Clippers will definitely add at least two to meet the league minimum. Considering they could have just kept Raduljica – who had a decent rookie year with the Bucks last season – and still sign three new players, four seems most likely (though they had to stretch him by Sunday, so they might just be biding time).

Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh are known candidates.

I wouldn’t surrender a first rounder just to dump Dudley and add players of that caliber, but Doc Rivers has the authority to do as he sees fit.

One one-possible positive of the trade is also diminished with this route.

Dudley has a $4.25 million early termination option for 2015-16, and he’s unlikely to exercise it, so he effectively has two years left on his deal. Delfino and Raduljica have fully unguaranteed 2015-16 salaries, meaning the Clippers could have kept both and then gotten those full savings next summer.

Instead, the Clippers stretching those two means their remaining guaranteed money will be spread evenly across the next five seasons (twice the number of years remaining on their contracts plus one).

That comes out to $950,000 per year through 2018-19. That’s a long time to carry that dead weight.

But at least the Clippers will get Douglas-Roberts, Udoh and/or a couple other veterans like them.

  1. nicktomfrank - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    This trade still makes absolutely no sense to me. I hope Doc has a trick up his sleeve. I would love to see this team in the Finals after all they went through last year.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Dudley fell out of the rotation, and clearing this cap space will allow the Clippers to add some veteran depth to the end of the bench without clearing the luxury tax line.

      Don’t worry though, the Clippers won’t make the Finals next year with or without Dudley.

  2. mungman69 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I got lost halfway through the story.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Jabari Parker injury latest for disappointing rookie class
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Martin (7202)
  2. C. Bosh (7200)
  3. K. Durant (6679)
  4. R. Rondo (6677)
  5. T. Parker (6552)
  1. T. Jones (6379)
  2. A. Bogut (6280)
  3. M. Smart (6263)
  4. D. Favors (6051)
  5. D. Rose (5968)