Ken Bannister, originally brought in last season from the Continental Basketball Assn. on a 10-day contract, Saturday was offered a pact for 1989-90 and is the backup. One of Ferry's appeals is that he could also play center.
POINT GUARD--No decisions here. Gary Grant, the second-year player from Michigan, was erratic in his first few months as a pro, but he won over all doubters with his play down the stretch.
Tom Garrick, a second-round pick last season, seems to have stuck for good. His intensity and play on defense earned him a spot as a rookie, but the Clippers want him to work on ball-handling in hope of making him Grant's backup.
SHOOTING GUARD--Still up in the air, as it was going into training camp last season.
Reggie Williams, a former No. 4 pick, will begin his third season still trying to live up to his billing, or at least become a role player without becoming insubordinate, as when he refused to enter a game last season. He has been working with weights during the off-season and the starting job will probably be his to lose.
The decision Saturday to not exercise the option on veteran Quintin Dailey makes him a free agent and also leaves Williams as the front-runner for the spot. It also means the Clippers have let go the person who started more games than any other guard and averaged 16.1 points, something of a gamble in light of the largely unproven talent available.
If Martin, projected by some as a late first-round pick, or Edwards do anything early in the season, either could become the starter. In that case, the Clippers would have landed the shooter in the draft, after all.