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Milos Teodosic expected to remain with Clippers

Milos Teodosic, Clippers

Having pulled the trigger into his 2018-19 player-option, Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic is expected to remain with the L.A. Clippers for the upcoming season, according to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.

Prior rumblings suggested he could be moved or waived, but the team would have only until July 14 to part ways with the international dime wizard.

Doing so would allow the Clippers to shed even more salary off the books, paying only a third ($2.1 million) of his $6.3 million salary for next season.

The Clippers are no longer into the tax and face no potential to become a repeater team (a team into the luxury tax in three of the previous four seasons), having shed the contracts of Chris Paul (traded to Houston), Blake Griffin (traded to Detroit), and DeAndre Jordan (signed with Dallas).

According to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks, the Clippers would have “$118 million in salary, $5.7 million below the tax and are also $11.8 million below the hard cap,” which poses no threat to their free agency aspirations for 2019, as Teodosic’s contract would expire by then.

The 31-year-old posted 9.5 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in his first season in the league in 2017-18, playing 25.2 minutes per game in 45 appearances with the team.

With Los Angeles going through a major roster overhaul the last two years, it will be interesting to see if the guard plays a larger role next season.