By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed center Ivica Zubac to a contract extension on Tuesday. This prevents him from being a free agent on Thursday night.
The Clippers declined his $7.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season. Zubac had a breakout season this past season.
This put the Clippers into the corner. This caused the team to re-sign Zubac before the start of free agency or they would have likely lost him to another team.
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Zubac will make $33 million from this deal.
This was Zubac’s best season of his career. He averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game.
He has steadily progressed since arriving in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2019.
He appeared in 76 games this past season. He started all 76 contests.
Zubac averaged a career-high 24.4 minutes per game. He also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game.
He is the longest-tenured player on the Clippers roster.
“For four seasons, Zu has been a pillar of our team, durable and dependable,” Clippers president Lawrence Frank said in a statement. “We are excited to continue growing with him.”
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The Clippers have also re-signed Robert Covington since the end of the season.
Zubac will now be a part of the Clippers team that will have high expectations next season. They are expected to be one of the title contenders next season.
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