As one door opens, another door closes. That phrase felt particularly applicable yesterday in Clipper land.
In this scenario, the opening came for Terance Mann, signing a two-year, $22 million extension to remain at STAPLES Center until 2025. When the end of that deal rolls around he’ll be 28 years old, so the Clippers could have, in theory, just secured their guy for his peak years — and if his recent progress is anything to go by, that could be a hugely exciting few years for both parties.
Yet given Mann’s personality, I’m sure he’d have still felt a tinge of sadness even on his big day after seeing that his former college and Clippers teammate Mfiondu Kabengele had another door closed on him. In case you missed it, Fi was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the second time this year for the former Florida State Seminole. That was his third team in the league after he was traded to Sacramento back in March, though he’s not the only former Clip to have seen himself bouncing round the league via waivers, as Daniel Oturu has suffered a similar fate within the space of the past month.
The Kabengele news really brought home to me just how small the margins are in the league, how windows of opportunity can come and go in the blink of an eye, and how you need to be in the right place at…