The details were worked out, the contract signed for one year and the veteran's minimum.
There was only one thing left to determine: the size of his shorts.
Douglas-Roberts requested mediums from the equipment manager. Uh, mediums? No
The short-shorts movement was reborn.
"They can't get any shorter," Douglas-Roberts said, his tights protruding a few inches below the bottom of his shorts. "This is the shortest they make these days."
This will be the first time in his six NBA seasons that the small forward has worn shorts this short. He's wanted them before but was never able to get them.
Douglas-Roberts wants his fashion to make a statement about his role on the
"They want me to check the best guy and you have to have stamina, you have to be able to move," Douglas-Roberts said. "I'm not saying you can't move with bigger shorts, but I feel more comfortable in these."
Douglas-Roberts, 27, seems fully at ease in what is easily the best opportunity of a journeyman's career. He's made four previous NBA stops, never staying for more than two seasons, and has modest career averages of 7.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 210 games.
This season represents the first time he's had the security of a yearlong contract since the 2010-11 season in Milwaukee. It's also the first time he's played for an NBA title contender.
He spent last season as a lockdown defender for the
A sprained left ankle that limited Douglas-Roberts over the weekend is not expected to keep him out of the Clippers' exhibition game against the
He's brought a fascinating look to the competition to join the Clippers' small forward rotation alongside
"Guys that are just themselves and believe in themselves," forward Blake Griffin said, "it's pretty refreshing in a word full of people who are trying to follow the norm and just trying to fit in."
Douglas-Roberts' shorts have sparked admirers among the young, and Olden Polynice, the 49-year-old former Clipper, recently told Douglas-Roberts he liked the revival of a look once made famous by Hall of Famer John Stockton.
"These are the modern-day Stocktons," Douglas-Roberts said. "We don't have the real Stocktons. They don't even make those anymore."
Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling has withdrawn his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court that accused his wife, Shelly, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league of fraud in the sale of the team.
The move last week came as Sterling's federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA continues.
"We believe that we can more efficiently address all the issues in our pending federal action," Bobby Samini, one of Sterling's attorneys, wrote in an email Monday.
Sterling filed the Superior Court lawsuit in July in the midst of the probate court trial that eventually cleared the path for Steve Ballmer to complete his $2-billion purchase of the Clippers.
The lawsuit, which claimed the sale process inflicted "severe emotional distress" on Sterling, sought unspecified damages and an injunction to halt the transaction.
A scheduling hearing in Sterling's federal lawsuit and the NBA's counterclaim against him is set for Nov. 6 in U.S District Court in Los Angeles.