Clippers’ Frank on Zubac: ‘He does whatever is needed’

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a contract extension with center Ivica Zubac, the team announced Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a three-year, $33 million extension; the Clippers declined his $7.5M team option for 2022-2023, clearing the way for Zubac’s new deal.

Last season, the 25-year-old Zubac started 76 games for the Clippers and averaged career-highs in points (10.3), rebounds (8.5), assists (1.6), and blocked shots (1.0). The 7-foot center also set a career-high with 25 double-doubles, the most for a Clipper since 2017-18. 

“For four seasons, Zu has been a pillar of our team, durable and dependable,” said Clippers president of basketball operations, Lawrence Frank. “He does whatever is needed: setting screens, rolling to the rim, anchoring the interior of the defense. He is a reliable teammate and a consistent pro, just entering the prime of his career. We are excited to continue growing with him.”

Zubac has appeared in 360 games and owns career averages of 8.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 19.0 minutes during his six-year NBA career with the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. Selected 32nd overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, Zubac ranks fourth in the NBA in total games played (220) over the past three seasons.

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