Clippers bringing back Ryan Hollins on 1-year deal
However, the Los Angeles Clipper didn’t have many other big-man options considering their salary cap situation and Ryan Hollins had his moments last season, so they likely re-signed him to a veteran’s minimum deal. The Los Angeles Clipper could similarly retain another cap-friendly big man option such as Ronny Turiaf as well.
Although Ryan Hollins averaged just 11 minutes per game last season, he was a valuable defensive force off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 60 games last season, Ryan Hollins averaged 3.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per contest. Ryan Hollins could have an opportunity for a bigger role next season with only DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin as the only shinning beacons at the position at this point.
After signing a veteran’s minimum deal ($854,000) last year, Ryan Hollins was initially playing consistent minutes until he fell out of former Los Angeles Clipper coach Vinny Del Negro’s rotation. However, Ryan Hollins was able to make his way back into the big-man rotation for the final 10 games of the regular season. Ryan Hollins also appeared in five games during first-round of the 2013 playoffs for the Los Angeles Clippers.
This will also be Ryan Holllins’ second stint under new Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, having previously played 26 games for him during the 2011-12 season in Boston. Ryan Hollins also appeared in 17 playoffs contests for the Boston Celtics during their run to the Eastern Conference finals.
"It is so hard to win. You could put an All-Star team out there and you could lose. And that's why you appreciate a guy like Doc. He has championships,” Ryan Hollins said after attending Doc Rivers’ introductory new conference last month. “Let's not dance around that. He's won. He knows the culture you have to create. It's something you have to learn."
The 28-year-old Ryan Hollins will also be reunited with his former UCLA teammate Darren Collins, who landed in Los Angeles after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Clippers on Saturday.