Sources: Clippers restricted free agent Tyrone Wallace has agreed to an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans. Clippers placed a two-way qualifying offer on Wallace and can match deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 3, 2018
Under the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Los Angeles Clippers now have two days to match the Pelicans offer.
While the exact details are unknown at this point, you can be assured New Orleans has two or more years of a standard contract on the table. Offer sheets made on two-way players must be for a minimum of two years — not counting any option seasons — and cannot be of the two-way contract variety.
If there could be a sticking point, it’s the fact that Dell Demps may only offer a deal worth the minimum. With the Pelicans over the cap and having used up all of the practical exception money, the front office is limited with funds.
New Orleans only had the minimum exception available to Wallace. The total on the sheet is 2 years, $2.93M. The offer sheet had to be for a minimum of 2 years. https://t.co/36xsft7AM0— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 3, 2018
As to whether the Clippers decide to keep Wallace, realize they already have the maximum allowed number of 15 guaranteed contracts on the books for next season — and this doesn’t include Patrick Beverley.
The roster/depth chart for the Clippers makes it highly unlikely on a match for Tyrone Wallace. Los Angeles currently have 15 guaranteed contracts, not including the non-guaranteed salary of Patrick Beverley.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 3, 2018
Conversely, the Pelicans would have no problems absorbing another contract onto the salary cap sheet as they only have 12 guaranteed deals.
As I mentioned late last month, check out Robert Flom’s solid review of Wallace on Clips Nation for a detailed breakdown of his game. However, here’s a quick snippet:
- Wallace stands 6’5 but possess a 6’9.5 wingspan. For reference, Jrue Holiday stands 6’4 and has a 6’7 wingspan.
- Per NBA Stats, Wallace attempted 28.8% of his shots in transition. Considering Alvin Gentry is interested in pushing the action as much as possible, this bodes well despite Wallace’s problems with the three-point shot (25%).
- Wallace derived another 12.1% of his offense from cuts. This would have ranked fourth on the Pelicans last season in terms of player frequency.