May 14, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins (50) reacts during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

C Ryan Hollins Returns to LA Signs With Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers signed free agent center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Monday.

“Ryan is happy to be a Clipper,” Hollins’ agent, Todd Ramasar, said. “He’s happy to be back in L.A. and he’s looking forward to helping the Clippers.”

As reported on Thursday, Hollins agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.

Hollins averaged 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in 39 games played last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. In 17 playoff games with Boston last season, Hollins averaged 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

It will be a return to familiar stomping grounds for Hollins, who played his college ball at UCLA. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds over his four-year collegiate career, and he was also a prolific high jumper with UCLA as well. Hollins finished his college career as the fourth all-time leading shot blocker in UCLA history with 101 career blocked shots.

Hollins was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006, but will back up starting center DeAndre Jordan on this roster. He is the latest in a series of off-season moves by the Clippers. They recently signed Grant Hill and Jamal Crawford through free agency, and added Lamar Odom through a trade. The bench is rounding out nicely, and you have to give credit to Vinny Del Negro for apparently getting all his first choices this off-season. I anticipated the off-season not going as well as last year due to the departure of GM Neil Olshey, who pulled off last year’s Chris Paul trade. Apparently the lure of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin is quite appealing to free agents, and the transformation of the Clippers continues.

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