The Los Angeles Clippers continued their plan at of stockpiling depth at center by signing Isaiah Hartenstein according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is a training camp deal much like the ones issued to Harry Giles III and Patrick Patterson who signed deals earlier this past week.
Free agent C Isaiah Hartenstein has agreed to a training camp deal with the Clippers, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 12, 2021
The Clippers continue to search for depth at center. Serge Ibaka’s return date is still unknown due to back surgery that kept him out a portion of the regular season and all of the playoffs. Ivica Zubac missed some time with a sprained MCL in his knee.
Hartenstein played last season with the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He collected career-best numbers with 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 16 games with Cleveland after being acquired at the trade deadline. But despite showing promise backing up Jarrett Allen, the Cavaliers now are loaded at center. Facing the reality of no playing time, Hartenstein turned down his player option of $1.7 million for next season and opted for free agency.
The Clippers have 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster. Hartenstein will be battling Harry Giles III for the 15th spot on the roster on opening night.