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Tyrone Wallace makes his mark, but can the Clippers find a way to keep him?

By in Press Enterprise on February 4, 2018

By Elliott Teaford

Tyrone Wallace’s days are numbered. Sunday was Day 16 of 25. It’s possible the Clippers could make a move to sign the 23-year-old guard to a regular contract after the NBA trade deadline Thursday, elevating him from his current two-way deal.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers “loves” Wallace’s play, his athleticism and versatility, and predicts he’ll have a lengthy career in the NBA. It remains to be seen whether it will be with the Clippers or another team in the league, though.

“I love him,” Rivers said. “I think when guys come out of the G League we forget and think they’re 29. Ty’s young. Ty’s going to be an NBA player for a long time. He’s got a chance to be a better than good NBA player for a long time. He’s got a lot of skill to him, and confidence.”

Wallace, 6-foot-5 from Bakersfield via California, impressed the Clippers during training camp, but Rivers had a four-guard rotation of Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams in mind to start the regular season.

The Clippers also had two-way contracts planned for forwards C.J. Williams and Jamil Wilson, so they sent Wallace to their new G League team in Ontario and watched him perform every bit as well as expected. Wallace averaged 22.8 points, 6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 23 games in Ontario.

With the Clippers looking more like a M*A*S*H unit, the injury-depleted team signed Wallace to a two-way contract and he made his NBA debut Jan. 6 against the Golden State Warriors. He scored 13 points, the most by a Clippers rookie in his debut since Blake Griffin scored 20 in 2010.

Four nights later, Wallace scored 22 points against the Warriors.

Overall, he’s averaging 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 14 games with the Clippers.

Last week, he was named […]    

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