The LA Clippers are reloaded. According to reporters, both Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups have verbally agreed to deals with the franchise.
Crawford, an unrestricted free agent who opted out of his $5.2 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, has been offered a spot by the Clippers. He is expected to sign a three-year, $15.7 million contract, according to the executives.
Billups, who played in just 20 games last season with the Clippers before suffering a season-ending left Achilles tendon surgery, will sign a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.3 million if he reaches bonuses, the executives said.
With the signing of Crawford, this probably is the end of free agent Nick Young’s time with the team. Obtained in a mid-season trade, Young provided a spark off the bench with his “shoot-or-die” mentality.
Billups presence was sorely missed with the team this season. The veteran guard was lost to injury after 20 games. Celtics free agent Ray Allen was scheduled to meet with the team as well but that visit has been canceled with news off the two signings.