3 Free agents Clippers should round out roster with after Harden trade

LA Clippers, Will Barton. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Clippers, Terence Davis. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Terence Davis

Davis went undrafted in 2019 after four years at Ole Miss, but he quickly caught on with the Raptors. The 6’4 guard immediately jumped into the rotation and played in every regular season game as he made second-team All-Rookie. Toronto traded him to the Kings at the 2021 trade deadline for a second-round draft pick, but Davis struggled in Sacramento.

Last season, he averaged 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in just 13.1 minutes per game. Davis did appear in four of their seven playoff games, including playing 25.7 in the decisive Game 7 where he scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers off the bench. That performance alone made it surprising the 26-year-old guard went unsigned this summer.

Davis is a career 36.6 percent 3-point shooter, but he struggles on the defensive end. Still, the Clippers need marksmen flanking James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook. Even the second unit minutes will likely feature two of those players when everyone is healthy, so the role players must knock down open shots.

Terence Davis rated above replacement level in each of his four NBA seasons, and the 26-year-old deserves another chance. The LA Clippers would like to add a bit more size, but Davis deserves a hard look because of his talent and upside alone.