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Daniel Theis Secures Pacers Exit, Sets Sights on Clippers in Contract Twist

OKINAWA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Daniel Theis #10 of Germany looks on during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2nd Round Group K game between Germany and Georgia at Okinawa Arena on September 01, 2023 in Okinawa, Japan. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

Experienced center and FIBA champion Daniel Theis is finalizing a contract buyout with the Indiana Pacers and is set to join the Los Angeles Clippers pending clearance from waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The move isn’t unexpected, as there’s a growing belief, per Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files, based on information from a league source, that Theis will soon become part of the Clippers’ roster.

Agness notes that a buyout agreement with the Pacers is likely for Theis to make his way to Los Angeles, given the Clippers’ limited trade options. The team’s interest in this seasoned center was previously reported.

While Daniel Theis has only seen limited action, clocking in at just eight minutes for the Pacers this season, he is poised to become a consistent presence in the rotation for the LA Clippers.

The team’s depth at center, particularly in the absence of Mason Plumlee for an extended period, underscores the importance of Theis joining the lineup behind Ivica Zubac.

In another development, the LA Clippers are set to formally transition Joshua Primo to a standard contract, while Xavier Moon is poised to re-enter the Clippers’ fold on a two-way agreement today.

Primo is anticipated to maintain his presence in the G-League, akin to Jason Preston’s role last year, as highlighted by Law Murray from The Athletic. Moon is expected to be active with the Clippers on game days.

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