Clips miss LeBron; grab Foye, Gomes

Updated: July 9, 2010, 2:51 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Clippers, once again, were a bridesmaid.

They didn't however walk away from the altar empty-handed.

On the night LeBron James announced he would sign with the Miami Heat, the Clippers reached agreements with free-agent guard Randy Foye and free-agent forward Ryan Gomes.

Those deals may seem minor amid the disappointment of losing out on James, but the Clippers were never considered to be a front-runner or even a major contender in the wild chase after James.

Foye, a former lottery pick who averaged 10.1 points a game for the Washington Wizards, and Gomes, who averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in Minnesota last season, should immediately bolster a young team with playoff aspirations.

The Clippers did not release terms of the agreement but Gomes' agent, Bob Myers, told ESPNLosAngeles.com that his client had agreed on a contract for three years worth $12 million.

"Our goal remains unchanged," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement released after James made his announcement. "We will continue to be exhaustive and use every available resource to assemble an exciting and successful team."

On Saturday, Olshey confirmed that the team met with free-agent small forward Mike Miller for three hours and that parameters of a contract offer were discussed.

At the time, the NBA free-agent market was in a bit of a standstill as teams with salary-cap flexibility and second-tier free agents waited on James to make his decision.

Now that James has chosen the Heat, spurning the Clippers, Nets, Knicks, Bulls and his hometown Cavaliers, league executives expect a robust marketplace to commence almost immediately.

For the Clippers, signing Foye and Gomes was the first of what will be multiple moves as the team fills out its roster for next season.

The team currently has only has seven players under contract: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan and first-round draft picks Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe.

Once they pass their physicals Friday, Foye and Gomes will be the eighth and ninth players under contract.

The Clippers are also expected to give a long look to former second-round pick Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a 6-foot-9, 345-pound center from Greece who will be playing on their summer league team in Las Vegas next week.

Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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