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Clippers sign big man Marreese Speights to one-year deal

Clippers sign big man Marreese Speights to one-year deal

The Clippers added some championship pedigree to their bench Friday, agreeing with free agent Marreese Speights on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.

The move considerably softens the departure of center Cole Aldrich and serves as a bargain find amid the more than $3 billion that has been spent on NBA free agents in the last week.

The 6-foot-10 Speights will be able to back up both center DeAndre Jordan and power forward Blake Griffin, giving the Clippers some desired versatility.

Speights has added value as a big man who can lure defenders away from the basket because of his outside shooting touch. He made a career-high 38.7% of his three-pointers last...

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