One of Muir High’s most acclaimed athletes is coming home.
Boston Celtics backup center Ryan Hollins, a 2002 Muir graduate, signed a one-year free agent contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, as was announced on the team’s website.
The 7-foot, 240-pound Hollins is slated to begin his seventh season with his sixth squad and owns a career average of 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Hollins was originally drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats with the 50th overall pick in 2006 and spent three years with the Bobcats before being traded to Dallas during the 2008-09 season.
Since Dallas, Hollins has played for Minnesota and started last season with Cleveland before being waived in March and later signing with Boston, where he played 15 games (making one start) and averaged 10.7 minutes a game in tallying 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.
Hollins’ signing, which is believed to be for the veteran’s minimum exception of just over $1,000,000, brings the Pasadena native back into the area after Hollins spent four seasons with UCLA, his last season being in 2006.
Hollins is expected to back up starting center DeAndre Jordan, who is coming off his best season as a pro last year, when he averaged 7.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and two blocks per game.
Jordan, however, played 27.2 minutes per game last season and has a career average of 21.4 minutes, which may very well open the door to additional playing time for Hollins.
“Ryan is happy to be a Clipper,” Hollins’ agent, Todd Ramasar, told the L.A Times. “He’s happy to be back in L.A. and he’s looking forward to helping the Clippers.”