Hilliard spent his first two seasons in Detroit and is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he averaged just 3.3 points across 9.8 minutes in 39 games. In signing a two-way contract with the Spurs, Hilliard will develop with the team's G-League affiliate for the majority of the upcoming season, but can spend up to 45 days with the Spurs at the NBA level as well. That allows him to work closely with the organization, while providing some emergency relief if injuries occur. His status as a two-way player keeps him off the fantasy radar.
Hilliard was waived by the Clippers on Thursday, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hilliard was dealt to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul deal, but was merely an extra contract to make the financials work and will now head to the open free agent market. He'll be able to negotiate with teams starting on July 1, but Hilliard likely won't be much more that a depth option in the backcourt for potential suitors. In his second season with Detroit, Hilliard averaged just 9.8 minutes as a reserve.
In order to satisfy cap requirements and complete the trade, the Rockets have scrambled to acquire several players on non-guaranteed contracts for next season. Hilliard, who appeared in 39 games for Detroit in 2016-17, has until July 1 to be waived, or his contract for the 2017-18 season becomes guaranteed. The expectation is that the Clippers will move forth with waiving Hilliard, as well as a few other players, in short order.
Hilliard (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 115-98 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.
Even with the Pacers holding a commanding 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Hilliard still couldn't find a path to playing time, which illustrates his low standing on the team's depth chart. He's appeared in just two of the Pistons' games since Jan. 18.
Hilliard was recalled Thursday from the D-League's Grand Rapids Drive, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
After occasionally seeing quality minutes at shooting guard, Hilliard has completely played himself out of the rotation and hasn't appeared consistently since late December. He'll return to Detroit Thursday to practice with the team in between games, but Hilliard will likely make his return to Grand Rapids shortly to continue to get more in-game experience.
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