The final day to exercise or decline contract options for next season went as expected for the Clippers on Wednesday after club wing made Amir Coffey a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent.
Qualifying offers have not been extended to guards Jay Scrubb and Xavier Moon, who will be unrestricted free agents Thursday when teams and players can begin negotiations across the NBA. That doesn’t necessarily mean the end has come for both of them in a Clippers uniform.
Scrubb, a 2020 second-round pick, is expected to play for the Clippers’ Summer League team in Las Vegas next month. Moon, who landed three 10-day contracts and later a two-way deal with the Clippers, is also likely destined for the Clippers’ summer roster, and both guards could also later re-sign deals that would allow them to pick one of the Fighting two-way contracts of the team.
A two-way deal was slated to go to Moussa Diabate, a 6-foot-10 forward who was described as a high-energy but viable project by team president Lawrence Frank last week. The Clippers have signed other undrafted players to training camp contracts that could also be part of such a two-way contest.
Valuable veteran winger Nicolas Batum also officially turned down his player option for next season, a procedural move to secure a longer contract. Batum is heavily expected to return to the Clippers, with league watchers believing a deal averaging $10m per year could be the number both sides agree on. Separately, Bleacher Report reported on Wednesday that Batum could land a $30 million three-year deal.
By making the qualifying bid to Coffey, the Clippers ensured they have first refusal to retain the 6-8 wing, which is allowed to receive bid hands from other teams. Coffey began the season on his second two-way contract and ended it as an invaluable member of the rotation for an injury-plagued roster.
Coffey posted career-highs with 69 games, 22.7 minutes, 9.0 points, 54% shooting on two-pointers and also 37% on his three-pointer shots. When pushed into a role that required more ball handling, particularly on pick and rolls, Coffey thrived. His chances, should he return, seem difficult to predict on a wing-laden squad.
Terms of a settlement with point guard John Wall are expected to be reached quickly Thursday after opening free agency after the bought-out former All-Star signaled his intention to sign earlier this week. The Clippers will also be focused early on meeting Batum and backup center Isaiah Hartenstein.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/story/2022-06-29/clippers-amir-coffey-jay-scrubb-xavier-moon Clippers extend qualifying offer to Amir Coffey; Jay Scrubb, Xavier Moon not offered