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Clippers use amnesty to waive Ryan Gomes, will sign Grant Hill

The Clippers are expected to sign Hill to a two-year deal worth $3.87 million after using their one-time amnesty provision to waive Gomes.

July 17, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers guard Ryan Gomes laughs during a team practice session in December. The Clippers have used their amnesty provision on Gomes.
Clippers guard Ryan Gomes laughs during a team practice session in December.… (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles…)

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.


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