The Clippers and free agent Byron Mullens are nearing a deal for the center to join the team, saidNBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Mullens, a 7-footer who played for the Charlotte Bobcats last season, and the Clippers are working on a two-year deal, with a player option after the first season, the executives said.
The two sides are getting close to a deal that would pay Mullens the veteran’s minimum of about $1 million.
Mullens should be a great addition to the Clippers, especially for the veteran’s minimum. Sure, Mullens might not change the look of the Clippers that much, but he will add some more depth and give Doc Rivers more toys to play with.
Last season Mullens averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage — 0.385 percent — was very low for a 7-footer, but he did add a 3-point shot to his game. He averaged 3.9 attempts from beyond the arc in the 2012-13 season, connecting at a 0.317 percent clip. If Mullens could become a little more consistent with his shot, Rivers could certainly utilize him as a stretch-five.