The Clippers have signed veteran forward Grant Hill. (Rick Bowmer / Associated…)
The Clippers signed Grant Hill to a two-year contract Wednesday night to bolster their small forward spot, and the team also reached out to free-agent centers Darko Milicic and Ryan Hollins.
Hill agreed to join the team under the biannual exception, taking a two-year deal that will pay him $1.9 million in the first year and has a raise of 4.5% in the second.
Hill, who will be 40 in October, is expected to back up Caron Butler.
The Clippers are expected to hold a news conference next week to formally announce the signing.
Hill picked the Clippers over the Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat.
With the Phoenix Suns last season, he averaged 10.2 points on 44.6% shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.1 minutes.
Over his career, the 6-foot-8 Hill has averages of 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
Milicic's agent, Marc Cornstein, said Wednesday that the Clippers "are a team we have spoken to" about joining.
The Clippers have only the veteran minimum of about $1.229 million to offer Milicic.
But Cornstein said the money was less of a factor because the Timberwolves must still pay Milicic the $10.898 million remaining on the last two years of his contract before the team used the amnesty provision to cut him.
"Playing time, team situation will be crucial factors," Cornstein said. "Because Darko was amnestied, he and I both agree that it's a crucial year for him."
Hollins, a former UCLA player who played at Cleveland and Boston last season, would be paid the veteran minimum of $1.065 million.