Teodosic opted into the final year of his contract back in June, but Sunday served as the deadline for the Clippers to waive him without penalty. The point guard now will have the $6.3 million option he elected to take fully guaranteed as a result. He does, however, have more competition for minutes at point guard this season with Patrick Beverley back healthy along with the drafting of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was very impressive during summer league.
Teodosic has opted into the final year of his contract, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
As expected, the Serbian guard will try to don the Clippers jersey for one more season, but the team still holds the right to cut him and pay him a fraction of what he is currently scheduled to make. Last season with Los Angeles, Teodosic averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 assists per game while coming off the bench. If the team decides to hold on to him, he'll face Austin Rivers once again in the competition for minutes. He's also facing a log jam with the addition of the recently-drafged Shai Giglgeous-Alexander, so how quickly he comes along could play an impact on how long the Clippers decide to keep Teodosic.
Teodosic's first season in Los Angeles was marred with injury, as a lingering plantar fascia issue in is left foot limited him to just 45 games. That didn't keep him from seeing significant playing time when available, however, and the 31-year-old finished the campaign averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds across 25.2 minutes. That said, Patrick Beverley is returning from a season-ending knee injury and the Clippers selected 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with their first pick in the draft, so Teodosic is far from guaranteed the same role he saw as a rookie. Teodosic is currently sitting on a $6.3 million player option for the 2018-19 season and he's yet to indicate whether he'll opt in or out.
Teodosic has been diagnosed with a tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Kristina Pink of Fox Sports West reports. He is considered out indefinitely.
Teodosic will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season, which should push Austin Rivers, Lou Williams and Tyrone Wallace into bigger ballhandling roles. Teodosic has dealt with foot injuries all season, limiting him to just 45 games in his debut season. If the Clippers make it into the postseason, there's a chance Teodosic could return, though the report doesn't seem especially promising. He'll conclude the regular season averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25.2 minutes.
Teodosic (foot) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Teodosic continues to deal with a plantar fascia injury that kept him out of Wednesday win over the Suns and also sidelined him for 22 games earlier in the year. With him out, look for Austin Rivers to likely take over starting point guard responsibilities, with Lou Williams and Tyrone Wallace also expected to pick up some minutes. Teodosic's next opportunity to take the court will come Sunday against the Pacers.
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