Terance Mann – the No. 48 pick in the 2019 draft – signed a two-year, $22 million extension.
Mann was already under contract the next two year for a minimum salary, the second season following a team option. Crucially, the Clippers got Mann to agree to the extension beginning in 2023 rather than replacing the team-option season in 2022.
Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times:
Source confirmed that Clippers wing Terance Mann has agreed to a contract extension (with @MarcJSpears first on the news).
Mann's $1.9M option in 2022-23 is now fully guaranteed. Then the extension kicks in:
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) October 12, 2021
Mann bet against himself with a four-year cheap contract as a rookie. Turning 25 next week, he was somewhat pressed to take this team-friendly extension because it’s tough to turn down the first opportunity at such significant money.
Maybe he would’ve gotten more in 2022 or 2023 free agency. He has developed into a helpful wing – an athletic hustle player and solid 3-point shooter.
But there would have been no assurances if Mann rejected this extension.
So, the Clippers get a bargain as they reinforce their supporting cast while waiting for Leonard to return, and Mann gets financial security.