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Clippers Renounce Rights to Sealy

The Clippers renounced the rights to guard Malik Sealy on Friday and signed free-agent center Keith Closs.

Sealy, the Clippers’ second-leading scorer (13.5) last season, earned $1.7 million last season.

The Clippers, who also renounced the rights to guard Terry Dehere last month, have opened up $3.2 million to sign a free agent. They could make a move as early as Thursday, when the salary cap is expected to rise from $25 million to $26.4 million.

The departure of Sealy and Dehere could mean increased playing time for guard Brent Barry.

The 7-foot-3 Closs, who wasn’t selected in the 1996 or 1997 NBA drafts, played for Norwich (Conn.) of the Atlantic Basketball League last season.

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He averaged 11.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots in eight games for the Laker summer league team.


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