The Clippers have used the NBA’s one-time amnesty provision on small forward Ryan Gomes, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The team did so just before the league’s 8:59 p.m. (PDT) Tuesday deadline.
Gomes will make his entire $4-million salary, but it won’t count against the Clippers’ salary cap and luxury-tax threshold.
That now opens the door for the Clippers to sign free-agent small forward Grant Hill, as the team plans to do with the biannual exception, the NBA executives said.
Hill is expected to sign a two-year deal worth $3.87 million.
Because the Suns were not willing to participate in a sign-and-trade for Hill and Gomes, the Clippers were forced to waive Gomes, said the executives.
Gomes, who is in the final year of his contract, is coming off a tough season with the Clippers, averaging just 2.3 points in 32 games.