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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-09-18

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-09-18The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed sharpshooting forward Steve Novak on Friday in preparation for the upcoming 2009-10 season in six weeks. The team also re-signed hardworking veteran forward Brian Skinner on Wednesday.

Novak, who was given a qualifying offer by the Clippers on June 30, apparently finally decided that coming back to Los Angeles was in his best interests. He will re-join the team as soon as possible and, like Skinner, can get acquainted with new teammates Rasual Butler, Sebastian Telfair and Craig Smith.

Novak appeared in 71 games for the Clippers in 2008-09 and averaged 6.9 points in 16.4 minutes. In his third season in the NBA, the Marquette alumnus buried 119 of 286 three-point attempts, a 41.6 percent success rate. The Clippers will be expecting Novak to do more of the same this season along with Butler.

Skinner, meanwhile, chose to re-sign with the Clippers after not exercising his player option on June 30 and thus becoming an unrestricted free agent for the past two-plus months. Skinner got into 51 games last season and tallied 4.2 points and 4 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per contest.

Skinner was originally drafted by the Clippers with the 22nd pick of the first round in the 1998 NBA Draft. He has averaged 4.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 18.3 minutes per game over the course of his 11-year NBA career, and if he can approach those numbers in 2009-10 while mentoring young big men like DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, he will certainly be an asset to the team off of the end of the bench.

With Alex Acker and Fred Jones playing overseas this season, the Clippers currently have 13 players on the roster, with the just-re-upped Novak and Skinner along with Butler, Marcus Camby, Baron Davis, Ricky Davis, Eric Gordon, Griffin, Jordan, Chris Kaman, Smith, Telfair and Al Thornton. A roster decision has not yet been made on incumbent backup guard Mardy Collins.

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Added: September 18, 2009


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