While Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are viewed as cornerstone players for the LA Clippers franchise, following four long years of development, Ivica Zubac has come into his own.
After watching their big man produce career highs across the board that consisted of 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds last season, LA refused to allow Zubac to walk in free agency. Quietly, both sides expressed a desire to continue their partnership and worked relentlessly behind the scenes on a deal. After back and forth talks, both Zubac and the Clippers have agreed upon a three-year contract extension worth $33 million.
Considering his improving production, LA is thrilled to bring their 25-year-old big man back into the fold.
“For four seasons, Zu has been a pillar of our team, durable and dependable,” said Lawrence Frank, LA’s President of Basketball Operations. “We are excited to continue growing with him.”
Now that LA has Zubac locked up, John Wall becomes their next target
As Zubac prepares to move forward in LA’s star-studded line-up, Ty Lue, the Clippers’ current head coach, will attempt to push all the right buttons in their pursuit of an NBA Championship. In addition to Zubac, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard, the franchise will wait anxiously at the door of former five-time All-Star, John Wall.
Recently, following his buyout from the Houston Rockets, Wall declared the Clippers as his most desired landing spot. Although it’s yet to be seen whether or not the two sides will agree on an upcoming deal, LA has shored up its center position for the foreseeable future.