Announced Tuesday, the Clippers have agreed to sign former first-round center Harry Giles, based on terms of a non-guaranteed deal.
News of the signing first broke via Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Giles was drafted in the first round (No. 20) by the Sacramento Kings in 2017 and provided a serviceable rookie campaign by averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. The 23-year-old center totaled nearly 14 minutes per contest in his two seasons with Sacramento.
Free agent C/F Harry Giles is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Giles was the No. 20 pick in 2017 Draft and played for Portland last season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 7, 2021
He then signed a one-year minimum with the Trail Blazers in 2020, facing a much more depleted role with Portland. Giles’ playing time fell to nearly nine minutes a night; averaging 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds across 38 games.
The former Duke Blue Devil was perceived as an agile defender, with solid awareness in passing, coming out of college. However, Giles’ touted motor and mechanics have yet to find ample footing in the NBA, with injuries also derailing his opportunities on the court.
Housing a number of seasoned big men, including Serge Ibaka and Ivica Zubac, the Clippers hope that a minimized role for Giles will help ease him into finding his groove as a more pronounced defender, akin to his time in Durham.
Boasting a 7’3″ wingspan and glints of athleticism on both sides of the court, Giles’ appeal as an agile big man and rebounder will make him a viable project player in Los Angeles.