LA Clippers: Terance Mann will outperform price of bargain extension

Terance Mann, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Terance Mann, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /

Terance Mann was extended by the LA Clippers today, according to ESPN.

The extension is for two years, and it’s worth $22 million. That means that his option for next season is picked up and guaranteed in full (at $1.9 million), and the extension will go through the 2024-2025 season.

Mann is entering his third NBA season after being selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Terance Mann is going to be even better for the LA Clippers than what his price tag now indicates.

Overall, Terance Mann hasn’t lit up the stat sheet for the LA Clippers so far in his career, but his worth goes way beyond that. Mann has proven to be a major energy boost off the bench (or even as a starter), a high-energy spark plug on defense, and a quality scorer who puts the ball in the basket when his name is called.

We faced a lot of adversity with the injuries we dealt with last year, and part of the reason we kept overcoming all of it was due to Mann’s efforts.

He stepped up big time in the minutes Ty Lue gave him in Kawhi Leonard’s absence. In fact, he put the team on his back when we closed out the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Mann went off for 39 points on 15 of 21 shooting, and 7 of 10 shooting from behind the three-point line.

Mann was incredible in that game, going for two steals as well. He proved that he’s one of the top future stars of this league, and is going to continue progressing rapidly under Lue.

Mann was so sensational in the postseason last year that ESPN NBA talking head Stephen A. Smith said that the Clippers shouldn’t even bother bringing Kawhi Leonard back. That’s a horrendous take, however it shows how impressive and noticeable Mann has been in his development.

The Clippers have rightfully taken note. Mann is already worth about $11 million per year. Now with his ability to learn from an elite coach who will be here for a long time, and Leonard/Paul George out there to teach him how to be great out there on the wings, Mann is going to be even better.

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He’s already shattered expectations. It won’t stop now. The Clippers are the right place to be for him, and he’s the right piece for the Clips to lock up as their future third core star moving forward.