Agent Sam Porter tells Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress that the Clippers have signed the forward from the University of Vermont to a 2-year, partially guaranteed contract.
I like this deal for two reasons:
- The Clippers get a low-risk, heady, athletic ballplayer who makes good decisions, can defend the wing with a vengeance and play above the rim. In four summer league games with the Clips, Blakely averaged 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and a couple of steals in 23.3 minutes. He shot 65.5 percent from the floor.
- In Las Vegas, Blakely was on the radar of several teams in both the NBA and Europe as one of the better undrafted 4-year collegians at summer league. Though Blakely might never be an All-Star in the NBA, he’s the kind of player that the league’s craftier franchises always seem to unearth. Neil Olshey and Clippers director of scouting Gary Sacks deserve praise for locking him up with a partially-guaranteed contract. This demonstrates resourcefulness on the part of the organization — a good sign.
From the Burlington Free Press:
If Blakely makes the Clippers’ 15-man roster, he will receive the NBA’s minimum annual salary of $473,604, Porter said.
If he doesn’t make the Clippers, Porter said Blakely will still pocket the guaranteed portion of the contract and weigh three options: Try to sign with another team; play in the NBA’s Developmental League; or explore professional opportunities overseas.
Blakely did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.