Free Agency Watch: Joe Ingles to Meet with Clippers Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 21: Joe Ingles /

The wing player was once almost on the LA Clippers back in 2014 but was cut by the team in favor of Jared Cunningham.

Tony Jones, the Jazz writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, confirmed reports that Ingles would be meeting with the LA Clippers tomorrow.

If the Clippers could find a way to afford the wing player, Ingles would be a huge pickup for the team. Ingles averaged  7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists for the Jazz last season in 24 minutes a game while shooting 44.1% from deep.

Those stats may not sound like averages from an impactful player, but while Ingles is merely an all around average offensive player, the wing is a superb defensive player. If you need any proof to back that statement up, just look back to the Clippers-Jazz first round match-up in the 2016 NBA Playoffs when Ingles rendered J.J. Redick completely innate. The 6’8 skilled wing held Redick to 9.1 points on 38 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three. The most impressive part of Ingles’ defense of Redick was the fact that he held the shooting guard to only seven shots a game, six shots less than Redick averaged in the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Ingles is a restricted free agent, so the Jazz are able to exceed the cap to match any contract that the wing player signs with another team. Since the largest contract, the Clippers can offer Ingles is a 4-year, $36 million deal using the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, the Jazz would easily be able to match the offer and keep Ingles.

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