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Report: Ivica Zubac returns to Clippers on four-year, $28 million contract

Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers wears a #VegasStrong T-shirt during warmups to honor victims of last Sunday’s mass shooting before the team’s preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 1, Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and injured more than 450 after he opened fire on a large crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. Los Angeles won 75-69. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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The Clippers were shocked the Lakers were willing to give up Ivica Zubac in a trade at the deadline last year, giving up on the promising young rotation center. So much so former Laker executive turned Clippers consultant Jerry West laughed about the Lakers making the trade.

So, of course, the Clippers were not going to let him go. Los Angeles reached a deal with the restricted free agent that will have him back in Los Angeles for years, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Not long after he arrived Zubac started for the Clippers, with Montrezl Harrell coming off the bench behind him (although Harrell often closed games and played critical minutes). Zubac averaged an efficient 9.4 points and 7.7 rebounds a game with the Clippers, shooting 53.8 percent. While Zubac got played off the court by the Warriors in the playoffs, that happens to a lot of good big men against Golden State.

The Clippers add a solid, big-bodied center to their contending roster, and he will blend right in.