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Ivica Zubac feeling the ‘big responsibility’ after signing 4-year deal with Clippers

Ivica Zubac, Clippers

Ivica Zubac knows he has something to prove after signing a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Zubac, who was a restricted free agent this offseason, agreed on a four-year, $28 million deal to stay with the Clippers. With the deal, the 22-year-old big man understands he now has the responsibility to prove he’s worth the money and commitment that the team gave him.

“It’s a big responsibility,” Zubac said on his new deal, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “I’ve got to prove to them that I’m worth it. That’s what I’m going to do.”

The Clippers acquired Zubac in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers last February. The Croatian youngster was largely considered a huge steal for the team, with some even seeing him developing into a crucial piece for the rising Clips.

Zubac put up 8.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 59 total games for the Lakers and Clippers last season. For the Clips alone, he averaged 9.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The former European standout also said during his interview with the media that he is in good shape after losing weight and eating healthier. Hopefully, the changes he made and his preparation will elevate his game and take him to the next level of his development.