The Clips waived Mark Madsen today. Steve Perrin of Clips Nation has a good analysis:
It’s worth repeating the value that Mark Madsen had on the roster. His $2.8M expiring contract was a nice trade chip for deals with teams looking to clear 2010 cap space. Now, I’ve been cognizant for awhile that the Clippers actually have more 2010 expriing deals than they could possibly use – Ricky, Camby, Smith, Collins and now Butler all fall into that category. So they don’t lose much by not having Madsen’s contract on that list. What the lose is a body that they didn’t really need (obviously). So the idea of parlaying Madsen and Ricky Davis into a good player making $6M per was pretty attractive – and that’s the one thing the Clippers lose here (in addition to the ‘locker room guy’ thing.
More importantly, this signals that the team has designs for the roster spot, above and beyond Steve Novak. It likely means that Novak will eventually sign with the team, but it also means that they have an available spot if GMMDsr is to stick to his usual MO of starting the season with 14 players under contract. Does this mean an offer sheet to Ramon Sessions is eminent? Or do they have someone else on the radar? Stay tuned.
I’m pretty sure this wasn’t a buy-out (meaning Madsen didn’t agree to take less $ in return for the Clips releasing him — players like Ben Wallace do that so they can sign elsewhere). Thus this doesn’t save the Clippers money or go off their salary cap. The main reason to do this, as Perrin notes, would seem to be to open up another roster spot. I find that confusing ‘cuz the Clippers only had 13 players on their roster before, and now they have 12. So even if they re-sign Novak & add Sessions, they’d still only be at 14 players. Granted Dunleavy likes the roster at 14, but if you’ve gotta pay Mad Dog anyway, why not keep him on & go up to 15? If another player comes along during the season who Dun would like in that 15th spot, well then he could waive Madsen then.