Veteran Center Daniel Theis Secures a Buyout With Pacers, Expected to Join the Clippers

Daniel Theis (10) of Germany during FIBA World Cup 2019
Daniel Theis (10) of Germany during FIBA World Cup 2019. Photo by Pixathlon/Shutterstock (10378216e)

Veteran center Daniel Theis and the Indiana Pacers reportedly agreed to a contract buyout. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Theis intends to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he clears waivers.

Theis played only one game for the Pacers in 2023-24, spending eight minutes on the court and scoring two points. The 31-year-old German international was in the final year of his contract with Indiana and was set to earn $9.1 million this season. 

The Clippers were in need of frontcourt depth after seeing their backup center Mason Plumlee go down with a knee injury. This left starter Ivica Zubac as the only true center on the roster. Plumlee is expected to miss at least two months while recovering.

Daniel Theis should help the Clippers be more physical under the glass and open more bench units they can utilize when their starters are resting. He is averaging 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game since making his debut in the NBA in 2017-18. Prior to Indiana, Theis had stints with the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls, and the Houston Rockets.

The Clippers have been struggling as of late, losing six straight games and owning a 3-7 record to start the season.

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