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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Clippers forgive George King, Moses Wright

The Clippers shortened their roster by a pair on Thursday, pardoning short forward George King and power forward Moses Wright. The two signed Exhibit 10 contracts with the team last month.

This leaves the Clippers with 16 players (not counting the team’s two-way contract guys, Jay Scrubs and Amir Coffey). Teams cannot have more than 15 players in their active rosters.

Unless the Clippers decide to go in a different direction with their two-way players, it is conceivable that the final roster spot will come down to a decision between big men Isaiah Hartenstein and Harry Giles III, both of whom played for the Clippers. Has shown promise during four preseason games.

Hartenstein, a 23-year-old fourth-year pro from Germany, has averaged 7.5 points (on 72.2 percent shooting) to go with 5.0 rebounds. 3.5 often-creative assists (and 2.3 turnovers) and 1.8 steals in 13.3 minutes per game.

Giles, also 23, and entering his fourth pro season outside Duke, averaged 6.3 points (40.9% shooting), 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.7 minutes.

Teams must make their final cut by 2 p.m. Monday, the day before the NBA schedule ends.

King and Wright showed glimpses of potential in the low pre-season minutes, but their chances of making the team were slim. Both players are yet to join Ontario leaders Caliente Clippers, which is affiliated with the Clippers G-League.

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The 6-foot-8 Wright — an undefeated rookie power from Georgia Tech — played in four preseason games and averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. He played four years at Georgia Tech, including a stellar senior season when he averaged 17.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 blocked shots and 1.5 steals per game and was recognized as the ACC Player of the Year. received.

King, 27, was the 59th overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Colorado and spent his rookie season on a two-way contract with the Phoenix, appearing in just one NBA game. Out of the NBA for the last two seasons, King played in Italy, Poland and Germany before auditioning for the Clippers.

He appeared in three preseason games and averaged 4.0 points (57.1% shooting) and 1.0 rebounds.

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