Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the LA Clippers have added sophomore Center Marshall Plumlee on a partially guaranteed deal.
The LA Clippers have signed Marshall Plumlee. Specific details have yet to emerge with regards to the length, nature, and guaranteed salary on the deal with Plumlee. For now, we can only speculate by examining his career thus far.
Marshall, the youngest of three brothers, was a 4-year player at Duke and became a starter in his senior year. Undrafted, he signed a 3 year deal with the New York Knicks in 2016. His rookie season was not exactly ideal. He bounced between the Knicks and their G/D-League affiliate countless times.
Per Basketball Reference, Plumlee played 21 NBA games with limited action and averaged around 2 rebounds and 2 points per contest before being waived by the Knicks this offseason.
As for his new contract, the only information we have is that this is a partially guaranteed deal. This could mean a number of things, although it does not necessarily mean Plumlee will be riding the pine with the main roster.
Plumlee could be a training camp experiment and paid his guaranteed salary even if he doesn’t make the roster. With the addition of two-way contracts and the Clippers new G-League franchise, there could be other avenues.
Adding talent with even minimal NBA experience to the G-League ranks is a good way to fill out the Clippers’ development system and insurance policy.
News as yet has not filtered out regarding any NBA-issued punishment for Willie Reed after his arrest for domestic violence. If he is suspended by the NBA like Darren Collison was last year, the Clippers would need a replacement backup for DeAndre Jordan. It may be worth noting that Reed’s wife does not intent to pursue battery charges.
More details will likely emerge on the nature of the deal in the coming days.