Clippers announce free agency moves
The Clippers announced today they extended a qualifying offer to forward Steve Novak, making him a restricted free agent. Novak averaged 6.9 points in 16.4 minutes last season; his season-high point total was 23 points and he scored 21 three times. Novak made just over $1 million last season.
Under league rules, the Clippers had until today to make an offer to Novak. Now, as a restricted free agent, he can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the Clippers have the right to match it.
In other moves, guard Ricky Davis ($2.4 million) has exercised his contract option for 2009-10, and forward Brian Skinner ($1.3 million) decided not to exercise his option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent. The team also decided not to exercise its team option on guard Alex Acker ($800,000).
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: Steve Novak grabs a rebound over Marreese Speights on December 31, 2008. Photo credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times.