Free agency rumours: Clippers ‘extended offer’ to center Moses Brown

The Los Angeles Clippers have had a pretty low-key free agency stint, aside from the recent signing of goaltender John Wall. They were able to retain forwards Nicolas Batum and Amir Coffey while extending center Ivica Zubac and forward Robert Covington. But all was not rosy for the team. After all, they lost backup center Isaiah Hartenstein to the New York Knicks.

According to a report by Kelly Iko from Athleticismthe Clippers appear to be filling that hole left by Hartenstein’s departure by throwing out an offer at center Moses Brown.

It’s obviously very early in the process, so we have no idea what kind of contract has been offered. The Clippers, as it stands, only have one guaranteed open roster spot and one open roster spot either way. The other spot in either direction went to second-round pick Moussa Diabaté. Brown could also receive an invitation to training camp to fight for the remaining spot on the guaranteed open roster, like Hartenstein and Harry Giles III did last season.

Brown, 22, averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 40 games last season but saw just 8.6 minutes per game as he split time with the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Brown averaged 8.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, plus 1.1 blocks, in 21.4 minutes per game with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2020-21 season.

The 7-foot-2 Brown offers size, athleticism and rebound. He would also be another player the Clippers bring in who is young and can apparently grow within their player development system, like Hartenstein did last season.

Brown had previously held a two-way berth with the Cavaliers before having his contract converted to a standard contract late last regular season. Brown is currently an unrestricted free agent after the Cavaliers failed to offer him a qualifying offer.

If Brown stuck with the Clippers, it would bring him back to Los Angeles where he played at UCLA for one season, finishing his first season averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.

This breaking news may be updated with more information and analysis as it develops.