Report: Clippers sign F Tim Thomas

Updated: July 2, 2006, 6:28 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly have moved quickly to fill a hole in their rotation, signing forward Tim Thomas to replace Vladimir Radmanovic.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported late Saturday that the Clippers signed Thomas away from the Phoenix Suns with a four-year, $24 million contract.

According to the report, the Clippers planned on giving their mid-level exception to Radmanovic, a 6-10 forward with 3-point range who was acquired from Seattle during the season.

But when Radmanovic opted to join the crosstown Lakers for $30 million over five years, the Clippers went after the 6-10 Thomas, who reportedly was offered a three-year, $12 million deal by the Suns.

The signing cannot be announced until July 12.

Thomas, 29, continues to lead a charmed life. He began last season on the inactive list of the Chicago Bulls, who dropped him from the rotation in order to play their young players. He returned home to New Jersey but remained in shape.

The Bulls waived Thomas before March 1, allowing him to sign with another team and still be eligible for the postseason. He was signed by the Suns and averaged 11.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 26 games, fitting in perfectly with Phoenix's up-tempo attack.

In 20 playoff games, Thomas averaged 15.1 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range. With the Clippers, he likely will come off the bench to fill the role held by Radmanovic, who may start with the Lakers.

In 603 games with Philadelphia, Milwaukee, New York, Chicago and Phoenix, Thomas has averaged 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds.

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