The Clippers have re-signed DaJuan Summers to a rest-of-season contract, the team announced today in a press release. Summers had signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the club, the second of which came to an end after last night's win over the Suns.
During his first 20 days with the Clippers, Summers has only appeared in two games, scoring a single basket in seven minutes of action. I don't expect the 25-year-old to be a part of the team's postseason rotation, so I'd imagine his contract includes a non-guaranteed option for 2013/14, giving L.A. a chance to take an extended look at him over the summer.
Now that they've signed Summers and Maalik Wayns to guaranteed contracts, the Clippers have a full roster of 15 players.
Summers, 25, has only briefly appeared in two games for Los Angeles so far, scoring a single basket in seven total minutes of action. In his three previous NBA seasons, the former second-round pick played in a total of 81 games for the Pistons and Hornets.
With Summers locked up for another 10 days, the Clippers will soon be facing decisions on him and Maalik Wayns, who is also on his second 10-day deal. Both players will have to either be re-signed for the season or released when their current contracts expire.
FRIDAY, 12:39pm: The Clippers have officially signed Summers to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release.
THURSDAY, 6:53pm: Summers will join the Clippers tomorrow, according to Shelburne (Twitter link).
6:14pm: The Clippers plan to sign DaJuan Summers out of the D-League, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). After the team waived Trey Thompkins this afternoon a move appeared imminent, as Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld noted via Twitter that the Clippers would likely fill the roster spot. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com heard the team was after a "youngish point guard," but it appears they're going in a different direction with Summers, a 6'8" forward.
Summers, 25, is averaging 18.0 points and 7.6 rebounds a game over 29 contests for the Maine Red Claws this year. He appeared in 15 games with the Hornets last season after spending two seasons with the Pistons, who made him the 35th overall pick in the 2009 draft. The Georgetown product was in camp with the Bobcats this past fall, and drew interest from Panathinaikos of Greece before opting to go to the D-League.
Terms of Summers' pending deal are unclear, but I'd guess he'll be on a 10-day contract, just like soon-to-be Clippers teammate Maalik Wayns. Since he hasn't been on another NBA team's roster during the regular season this year, Summers would be eligible for the playoffs if the Clippers keep him around for the rest of the season, as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors detailed.
Dwight Howard opened up this weekend about his parting with the Magic, in advance of Orlando's meeting with the Lakers last night, and he talked about his willingness to change teams if that's what the pursuit of a championship requires. John Denton of Magic.com interprets that comment to mean D12 might be willing to leave the Lakers as a free agent next summer, but it seems more logical that Howard was referring to his departure from the Magic. Either way, there's plenty of room for pessimism about this year's Laker team, which takes an 8-9 record on the road for seven of its next eight games. Here's more from around the Association:
With NBA rosters set, plenty of players who were waived prior to the regular season by NBA teams have turned to the D-League, as we outlined yesterday. However, others are looking overseas as they attempt to continue their basketball careers. Here's the latest on a number of players who are signing with or drawing interest from non-NBA clubs:
The Bobcats have waived training camp invitees Josh Owens and DaJuan Summers, the team announced. Both were on non-guaranteed deals, and their departures leave the team's roster at 14 players. Cory Higgins is the only player with a non-guaranteed contract remaining in Charlotte.
Owens, a 6'8" power forward who ranked 83rd on the list of the top 100 draft prospects this year by Chad Ford of ESPN.com (Insider only), went undrafted out of Stanford, but wound up on the Bobcats' summer league team before getting the camp invitation. He appeared in just two games over the summer, however, and didn't see any preseason game action.
Summers, also 6'8", was the 35th overall pick in 2009, but hasn't made much of an impact in three NBA seasons, averaging 3.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game for his career. He put up 2.3 PPG and 1.8 RPG over 7.5 MPG in six preseason contests for the Bobcats this month.
The Bobcats have officially signed four players to their training camp roster, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter). Bonnell first reported a week ago that Jeff Adrien, DaJuan Summers, Paris Horne, and Josh Owens were expected to receive non-guaranteed, make-good contracts from the Bobcats.
Adrien, a UConn product, received limited playing time for the Warriors in 2010/11 and the Rockets in 2011/12. He reportedly drew interest from the the Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Spurs, and Celtics before agreeing to terms with the Bobcats. Summers, who also has previous NBA experience, was drafted 35th overall in 2009 and has since played for the Pistons and Hornets. The 24-year-old forward has averaged 3.4 PPG in 81 career contests.
Horne, a 6'3" guard, played in Germany last season after graduating from St. John's in 2011. Owens, a 6'9" forward out of Stanford, was eligible for this year's draft and was ranked as a top-100 prospect by ESPN.com's Chad Ford, but went undrafted. Both players were part of the Bobcats' summer league squad.
The additions bring Charlotte's training camp roster to 18 players, including 13 on guaranteed contracts. Besides the four new additions, Cory Higgins was also re-signed to a non-guaranteed two-year, minimum-salary contract by the Bobcats earlier this month. Higgins, Adrien, Summers, Horne, and Owens figure to be fighting for the final two available roster spots over the next few weeks.
4:44pm: The Bobcats have agreed to terms with Adrien on a non-guaranteed contract, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. According to Spears, the Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Spurs, and Celtics also showed interest in the forward.
3:53pm: Looking to bring at least 17 players to their training camp, the Bobcats are finalizing agreements with a handful of players expected to compete for a spot on the team's roster. According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Paris Horne, Josh Owens, Jeff Adrien, and DaJuan Summers are expected to be added to the Bobcats' roster in the near future.
Horne, 25, played in Germany last season after graduating from St. John's in 2011. He's a 6'3" guard. Owens, a 6'9" forward out of Stanford, was eligible for this year's draft and was ranked as a top-100 prospect by ESPN.com's Chad Ford, but went undrafted. Both players were part of the Bobcats' summer league squad.
Adrien and Summers both have previous NBA experience. The 6'7" Adrien, a UConn product, received limited playing time for the Warriors in 2010/11 and the Rockets in 2011/12. Summers, meanwhile, was drafted 35th overall in 2009 and has since played for the Pistons and Hornets. The 24-year-old forward has averaged 3.4 PPG in 81 career contests.
If the Bobcats finalize deals with these four players, they're likely to be non-guaranteed contracts. With 13 Charlotte players on guaranteed deals, there could be a roster spot or two available on the team for players who impress in training camp.
February 10th marks the day that all players on non-guaranteed contracts will have their deals guaranteed for the remainder of the season. However, if a team wants to meet that Friday deadline, it will need to make its decisions today, allowing its player(s) to pass through waivers in time.
Some non-guaranteed players, such as DeJuan Blair and Jeremy Lin, are in no danger of being waived. However, with a few dozen players on non-guaranteed deals across the league, there will be plenty of cuts before the day is out. Some of those players will sign 10-day contracts shortly after being cut, while others could join the D-League or find a place on our list of current unrestricted free agents.
We'll track all the day's decisions on non-guaranteed contracts right here, with the latest news up top:
Zach Links contributed to this post.