2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Rodney McGruder: 3 years, $15 million (Los Angeles Clippers)

Rodney McGruder has been one of the NBA’s under-the-radar, on-the-rise players for awhile now, but a three-year, $15 million pact feels like a bit of an overpay for the 27-year-old, even if it has no impact on the Los Angeles Clippers‘ pursuit of Kawhi Leonard.

In fact, because L.A. can go over the cap to re-sign him as a restricted free agent, this deal actually frees up $1.4 million in cap room by removing his qualifying offer from the cap sheet. Kawhi pursuits aside, however, this is still a bit more than expected for a guy who literally played zero games in a Clippers uniform.

In 66 games with the Miami Heat last year, McGruder posted 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game. Although he’s a decent two-way wing, his efficiency plummeted from 49.3 percent shooting from the floor and 42.9 percent shooting from 3 the year prior to 40.3 percent shooting from the field and 35.1 percent from deep in 2018-19. It’s not a terrible deal, but it is a bit of an overextension.

Grade: C+