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Bucks, Grizzlies Interested in Clippers’ Daniel Theis

Veteran center Daniel Theis has caught the attention of multiple teams in free agency, including the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Milwaukee Bucks, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

Last year, Theis won the 2023 FIBA World Cup with Germany and later joined the Los Angeles Clippers in the fall after securing a buyout with the Indiana Pacers.

In LA, he filled in as the backup center when Mason Plumlee was out with an injury, averaging 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 17.1 minutes per game over 59 games.

The Bucks, restricted by their financial position as a second-apron team, can only offer minimum-salary contracts to external free agents.

Meanwhile, Memphis and New Orleans have their own budget limitations, making it unlikely Theis will receive a substantial offer from any of these teams. However, they all present him with potential playing opportunities.

The Grizzlies dealt away Steven Adams and Xavier Tillman last season, and New Orleans lost Jonas Valanciunas and Larry Nance Jr. this summer.

Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez is still holding down the center spot, but he was mentioned in trade rumors in May, indicating a possible move by the Bucks this offseason.

Across 373 regular-season games, Theis has career averages 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, with shooting percentages of 54.1% from the field, 33.1% from three-point, and 71.8% from the free-throw line.

In playoff appearances totaling 41 games, including 22 starts, he has maintained averages of 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, shooting 53.0% from the field and 79.1% from the free-throw line.

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