Center Daniel Theis, who has allegedly reached an agreement with the Indiana Pacers on a contract buyout, is being acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that if he clears waivers on Friday, he will sign a free-agent contract.
Theis will allegedly accept a prorated veteran minimum of $2.1 million with the Clippers, with $7.8 million left on his $9.1 million deal with the Pacers. He previously had stints with the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets before to joining Indiana. Over his career, he has averaged 4.9 rebounds and 7.5 points.
While center Mason Plumlee heals from a damaged MCL in his right knee, the 6-foot-8 German will provide much-needed size in the paint alongside Ivica Zubac.
The upcoming acquisition was announced on Wednesday, and the Clippers are trying to snap a six-game losing run that started when James Harden joined them in a much-needed trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.
After he arrived in Los Angeles, Harden voiced his dissatisfaction with his offensive usage from the previous season, in which he led the league in assists. The ten-time All-Star also provided reporters with an unforgettable preview of his style of play by declaring, “I’m not a system player.” I’m a structure.
However, “The System” still doesn’t get along with Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and Kawhi Leonard, three other Clippers. The squad is going through “growing pains” as it tries to integrate so many players, Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report said on Wednesday.
Haynes claims that lately, Lue had a meeting with seven players to go over their duties. Bones Hyland, a third-year guard, was one of them. It is said that as Lue experiments with different lineups, he may miss five or six games from the rotation.
After seeming ready for a more prominent role this season, it seems Hyland may temporarily step down. This season, it has been the Clippers’ recurring theme. Even Theis has previously voiced his dissatisfaction with his lack of playing time with the Pacers. Hopefully, Los Angeles will be able to maintain the happiness of every player on the squad.