Clippers to sign DeAndre Liggins, will probably add another player first

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The Clippers surrendered a first-round pick and took a cap hit for each of the next five seasons to dump Jared Dudley and replace him with veterans.

First up, Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Douglas-Roberts.

The Clippers also want to add Ray Allen, but another player is third on the docket – DeAndre Liggins.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

It sounds as if DeAndre Liggins is an Exhibit 9 candidate.

An Exhibit 9 can be negotiated into a one-year, unguaranteed minimum contract. It allows a team to waive an injured player before the season and pay him just $6,000. Typically, an injured player’s contract becomes guaranteed until he’s healthy or the season ends, whichever comes first. (This refers to playing-related injuries only.)

However, teams can’t utilize Exhibit 9s until they already have 14 players without Exhibit 9s.

Douglas-Roberts and Turkoglu would give the Clippers 13 players. Maybe they’ll wait for Allen to add a 14th player, but there’s no guarantee he signs anywhere before training camp begins. Ekpe Udoh is another possibility for Player 14.

If Liggins, a formidable perimeter defender who played one game for the Heat last season following ugly domestic-violence charges, has an Exhibit 9, the Clippers can just later waive him to make room for Allen if need be. And if Allen doesn’t choose the Clippers, Liggins might have a decent chance to make the team.