The Clippers are likely to waive Lester Hudson and his non-guaranteed minimum salary before it becomes fully guaranteed at the end of Wednesday, as Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times hears (on Twitter). The team signed Hudson at the end of the regular season this past spring, tacking an additional year onto the contract.
Hudson had been out of the NBA since the 2011/12 season before he inked his deal with the Clippers. The 30-year-old combo guard, who’ll turn 31 next month, averaged 3.6 points in 11.2 minutes across five regular season appearances, and he made it into seven of the team’s 14 playoff games, though he saw just 5.4 MPG.
The defensive ability of Hudson intrigued Clippers coach/president Doc Rivers, but Nate Robinson was also in the running for the roster spot that went to Hudson, and Rivers acknowledged that a knee injury to Robinson that hadn’t yet healed played a part in the team’s decision to sign Hudson instead. Hudson probably has a safe landing in China if he so chooses, since he averaged 31.2 points per game for Liaoning this past season before returning stateside.