— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) August 29, 2014
The pair were originally swapped for small forward Jared Dudley, whose one year with the Clippers is best described using the first three letters of his last name, and a protected 2017 first-round pick. The move originally brought Los Angeles cap relief of $4.25 million next season, as both players have non-guaranteed contracts for 2015-16.
Using the stretch provision now, which spreads both players’ remaining salaries over five years, saves the Clippers $3.5 million this year. With the team previously dancing close to the NBA’s hard cap, it now has room to court veteran free agents on minimum deals.
Clippers waive Delfino and Raduljica – should be down to $76.38 mil in team salary w/ hard cap of $80.8 mil – so breathing room now
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) August 29, 2014
The Clippers recently brought in big man Ekpe Udoh for a visit.
In other Clippers news, I’m told free agent big man Ekpe Udoh is on a visit in Clipper Land today.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 26, 2014
Possible targets the Clippers have been linked to in the past couple of days include Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ekpe Udoh & Elton Brand.
— Roger Leenders (@RLeendersNBA) August 29, 2014
But the player Doc Rivers really wants that money to go to is Ray Allen.
Report: Doc Rivers will try to recruit Ray Allen to the Clippers.
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 29, 2014