Free Agent Season in the NBA opened today, and a few things have happened that directly impact the Clippers.
The Bucks have agreed to terms of a contract with former Clipper Drew Gooden. The deal will reportedly pay Gooden $32 million over five years and will finally give the deserving Gooden an opportunity to establish a level of stability, seeing that Gooden has played for 8 different teams in his 8-year career. Gooden would have been a nice piece for the Clippers’ roster next year if he was interested in playing behind presumptive starter Blake Griffin but this is a better fit for Gooden, who should step right in and start for the Bucks.
Rudy Gay has reportedly agreed to a 5-year deal that will pay him upwards of $80 million. This is important news for the Clippers, as Gay seemed like a prime target for the Clippers as a second-tier option at the 3 spot. Seeing as how Gay was a guy who was destined to be overpaid (and make no mistake, this deal is over-paying him), it’s nice to see another team exhaust their financial reserves on a guy who isn’t even the true number-one option on his own team, and not have the blunder come at the expense of the Clippers.
Both deals will have to wait until the 8th of July to be officially signed, as that’s when the NBA will release next year’s salary cap.