Clippers match offer by Pelicans to retain Wallace

Tyrone Wallace will return to the Clippers after receiving an offer from the Pelicans.

The Los Angeles Clippers have matched the New Orleans Pelicans’ offer for restricted free-agent shooting guard Tyrone Wallace, the team announced in a press release.

Wallace appeared in 30 games for the Clippers last season, compiling averages of 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. He spent the season on a two-way contract, also playing for the Clippers’ affiliate in the G-League.

Wallace, 24, reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Pelicans for the league minimum. The Clippers had two days to match the offer.

“We identified Tyrone as a versatile, competitive and tough-minded player who adds to the organizational culture,” said Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. “Ty worked hard with our staff at Agua Caliente and Los Angeles, and his growth has been a reflection of his commitment to getting better.

“Together with our team’s player development program, Ty demonstrated impressive improvement and contributed meaningfully to our team last season. We are excited to welcome Ty back to the Clippers.”

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