REPORT: L.A. Clippers not planning on keeping Milos Teodosic next season
The LA Clippers have a busy offseason ahead of them, and one of the decisions they’ll have to make over the next couple of months is what to do with European star Milos Teodosic. The Serbian point guard agreed to a two-year deal with the Clippers last summer and played his rookie season at age 30.
Unfortunately, Teodosic was limited to just 45 games over the 82 games schedule thanks in large part to a plantar fascia injury suffered in the second game of his career against the Phoenix Suns. He missed large chunks of the beginning and end of the season, and it became clear the grind was tough to handle for any player, even one as talented as a European mega-star in Teodosic.
With a player option for the 2018-19 season worth just over $6.3 million, Teodosic has a chance to return to LA for his second season. According to Sportando, however, it appears as though his time with the Clippers, and possibly the NBA, might already be coming to an end.
The Los Angeles Clippers, in fact, are not planning to keep the Serbian point guard for the next season, a league source told Sportando. Teodosic has a player option, worth $6.3 mln, for the next season, that he can exercise until June 24, but his deal won’t become fully guaranteed until July 15. If the Clippers will decide to waive him before July 15, they’d only have to pay him $2.1 mln. The Clippers are moving towards in the direction of parting ways with Teodosic, a league source told Sportando.
Teodosic finished last season averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 37.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. After taking a few months to deal with injuries and grow accustomed to the NBA’s speed and physicality, Teodosic became an absolutely lethal spot-up three-point shooter in addition to his passing wizardry. While he was a solid offensive threat as a secondary guard, he was a major defensive liability due to his size and foot speed, and head coach Doc Rivers was forced to make difficult calls involving the guard.
Sportando adds that the Clippers have major injury concerns involving Teodosic, who turned 31 towards the end of the NBA season. If they do, in fact, waive him in favor of a younger player, as Sportando says, he could opt to return to Europe and play there as opposed to looking for another NBA opportunity. That’s not to say he won’t speak to NBA teams, but he certainly has a lot to give to the game.
If his tenure with the Clippers does come to an end, he’ll surely be remembered for this ‘Pass of the Year’ candidate in his final game before re-aggravating the plantar fascia injury in his left foot.