Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have signed point guard Xavier Munford to a training camp deal.
Munford appeared in 14 games as a rookie for the Memphis Grizzlies at the end of last season. He averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in just over 17 minutes per game. He shot 41.6 percent from the floor, including an impressive 39.1 percent from three-point range during his brief stint with the Grizzlies.
He was drafted by the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League in 2014 before quickly being dealt to the Bakersfield Jam. The 6-3, 180-pound point guard played 51 games for the Jam in 2014-2015 and averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. In 41 games for Bakersfield last season, he averaged 20.5 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds and was named to the D-League All Star Team.
He signed a 10-day deal with the Grizzlies on March 16 as the team faced a slew of injury concerns. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League as well.
The Clippers already have 15 guaranteed salaries on the books for the upcoming season, meaning Munford will be a longshot to make the team out of training camp. Barring an unforeseen trade, Los Angeles will carry a point guard rotation of Chris Paul, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton into the regular season.
The Clippers will be looking to bounce back after having last season’s playoff run derailed by injuries to Paul and forward Blake Griffin. They took a 2-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round, only to lose each of the next four once those two were sidelined. Los Angeles added a few veterans in free agency earlier this summer, including center Marreese Speights, forward Brandon Bass and swingman Alan Anderson.