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CLIPPERS REPORT

Wafer to be signed to 10-day contract

February 21, 2007|Jason Reid | Times Staff Writer

The Clippers are expected to soon sign guard Von Wafer from the development league to a 10-day contract, team sources said Tuesday.

As for a potential major move before Thursday's trading deadline, the Clippers are not close to completing a deal.

General Manager Elgin Baylor and Coach Mike Dunleavy do not comment on trade talks, but sources said other teams have continued to inquire about disgruntled sixth man Corey Maggette.

Maggette, who says he dislikes playing under Dunleavy, would prefer to play elsewhere. Owner Donald T. Sterling, however, is not interested in trading Maggette.

Wafer, a former Laker, is third in the NBDL in scoring, averaging 19.6 points for the Colorado 14ers.

With Cuttino Mobley slowed because of a groin injury, and Doug Christie having left the team, the Clippers determined they needed another big wing player. A former standout at Florida State, Wafer is listed at 6 feet 5 and 210 pounds.

The Lakers drafted Wafer in the second round of the 2005 draft (39th overall). He was put on waivers in October 2006.

A Clippers roster spot opened because Christie, in a letter sent to the team during the All-Star break, declined to complete his second 10-day contract, which would have expired after Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.

In six games with the Clippers, Christie, who did not rejoin the team after the break, averaged 2.2 points and shot 29.4% from the field.

The Clippers signed point guard Alvin Williams to a 10-day contract in January. He was not offered a second contract.

jason.reid@latimes.com

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