Ranking 6 Clippers free agents by likelihood to return next season

The Clippers have several upcoming free agents this summer. This is how they stack up in terms of probability to return to LA.
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2. Mason Plumlee

After playing in a starting role in Charlotte, Mason Plumlee gladly accepted a lesser role when he was moved to the Clippers at the midway point of the 2022-23 season. As such, his numbers have taken an obvious fall, but he remains one of the best backup big men in the league.

While gearing back up to play after returning from an injury this past season, Plumlee also selflessly asked the team to play Daniel Theis over him if it meant the Clippers continuing their winning ways. He is the definition of a team player, and his team-friendly $5 million salary from last season makes him well worth re-signing for a similar price.

3. Brandon Boston Jr.

With the Clippers being so stacked with veterans and being in clear win-now mode, Head Coach Tyronn Lue has had little time to play the guys closer to the end of his bench. Guys like Brandon Boston Jr. have gotten minimal burn, and it can feel hard to make an accurate assessment of a player like him.

But the fact of the matter is, Brandon just finished up his three-year, $4.3 million rookie contract. He has shown that he can play in real game minutes and not just in garbage time. There is a very solid chance the organization will want to give him another shot.