The Clippers exercised their respective options for the 2010-11 season on both Eric Gordon and Al Thornton. Gordon’s option runs $3.02 million, while Thornton will cost the Clippers $2.81 million.
Extending Gordon, of course, is a no-brainer for the Clips.
While I suppose you could make an argument that Thornton has plateaued and doesn’t warrant further investment by the team, $2.81 million seems like a bargain to insure that there’s someone on the roster who can play small forward at the start of the 2010-11 season. Furthermore, even if Al never improves another iota, he’s still a $3 million player.
Assuming Sebastian Telfair picks up his player option, the Clippers 2010-11 spreadsheet looks like this:
- Baron Davis (PG) $13.05M
- Sebastian Telfair (PG) $2.70M
- Eric Gordon (SG) $3.02M
- Al Thornton (SF) $2.81M
- Blake Griffin (PF) $5.36M
- Chris Kaman (C) $11.30M
- DeAndre Jordan (C) $0.85M
TOTAL: 7 players, $39.09M