The Clippers and Chris Douglas-Roberts are nearing a deal, a source tells Dan Woike of the Orange County Register (Twitter link). USA Today’s Sam Amick first identified the Clippers as an interested party last week as the team was poised to clear enough room beneath its hard cap for Douglas-Roberts and others. The Clips are also reportedly close to a deal to bring back Hedo Turkoglu now that they’ve waived and stretched Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica.
There’s been competition for Douglas-Roberts, as the Heat recently auditioned the 27-year-old, one of last year’s best midseason signees. The Creative Artists Agency client helped Charlotte offset injuries to small forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor, playing a key role on a postseason-bound team as he shot a career-high 38.6% from behind the three-point arc. Somewhat surprisingly, the Hornets didn’t seem to make a strong push to re-sign Douglas-Roberts, and they renounced his rights to accommodate their offer sheet to Gordon Hayward.
Neither the Clippers nor the Heat could give Douglas-Roberts more than the minimum, so it doesn’t appear as though financial considerations are at play. The Clippers, who are carrying just 11 players, have also been linked to Ray Allen and Ekpe Udoh over the last several days, and it looks like they have room to ink four free agents to minimum-salary deals.