NBA Trade News: Los Angeles Clippers Signs Center Nikoloz Tskitishvili

NBA Trade News: Los Angeles Clippers Signs Center Nikoloz Tskitishvili
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The Los Angeles Clippers has signed Nikoloz Tskitishvili on Thursday on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract.


Tskitishvili last featured in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 season. Tskitishvili was a fifth overall pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 2002 NBA draft. Last season, he played for Champville in the Lebanese Basketball League. He averaged 19.8 points on 48% shooting (37% from three), 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.07 blocks with Champville.

The Clippers added depth to their front court by adding Tskitishvili. Head coach Doc Rivers needed a man predominantly known for stretching the floor.

On Thursday, 32-year-old Tskitishvili agreed to a one-year, make-good training camp contract with the Clippers, according to league sources. The deal is similar to the one Clippers made with Chuck Hayes. The 7-foot forward will face a stiff challenge in making it to the final roster. But owner Steve Ballmer will incur a little amount of money loss if he fails to make it.

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The 7-feet center cum forward averaged 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds while playing in the NBA. He had four moderate seasons in NBA featuring for Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and a final 2005-06 season in Phoenix Suns.

Since leaving NBA circuit, he has spent time all across Europe and the Middle East.