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Clippers and Terance Mann agree to two-year contract extension

Clippers guard Terance Mann drives between Nuggets forward Zeke Nnaji (22) and Denver guard Facundo Campazzo (7) for a layup.
Clippers guard Terance Mann drives between Nuggets forward Zeke Nnaji and guard Facundo Campazzo (7) during the second half of a preseason game on Oct. 4.
(Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press)

Terance Mann’s breakout second season with the Clippers has earned the former second-round draft pick a significant raise.

On top of exercising their $1.9-million team option for the 2022-23 season on Mann, the Clippers on Tuesday reached an agreement with the wing on a two-year contract extension, according to two people with knowledge of the deal.

The extension is worth $22 million overall, one of the people said. It begins in 2023-24, when Mann will receive $10.5 million; the following season, his salary rises to $11.4 million.

Negotiations had been ongoing since the summer, Mann said at the team’s Tuesday practice.

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“This is the team that drafted me, so they believed in me from the beginning,” Mann said of his motivation to extend his deal. “And then the run we had last year, we didn’t go where we wanted to go, so it left a bitter taste, so just wanting to keep that up, making deep runs in the playoffs, trying to get a ring, staying with these guys. These guys helped me out. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here so just being around these guys for a longer period of time, I couldn’t turn that down.”

The deal provides Mann additional security and the Clippers are hoping it will save them money down the road, both on taxes and on what he could have earned as a future free agent if he keeps improving at his current rate. Having dropped to 48th overall in the 2019 draft in part because of his inconsistent shooting in college, Mann improved his three-point accuracy seven percentage points, to 41%, last season.

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“I hope I’m definitely motivation for people that, you know, are in my position in the future, and those people before me, like Draymond Green,” Mann said. “Guys who got drafted later and ended up proving a lot people wrong. So it happens. And it’s going to happen again and again and again.”

Mann also recently signed a shoe deal with Anta after hearing offers from Li-Ning and New Balance among others, he said earlier this month.

“All the work he has put in has paid off, he deserves it,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “When you get a guy like Terance who grinds his way to where he is at today, all the hard work he put in from being a point guard his first year to playing the five last year, making seven [three-pointers] in a close-out game, you’re just happy for guys when they get paid, they get a chance and opportunity to play in this league for a long time.”


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