CLIPPERS SIGN CENTER BYRON MULLENS

For Immediate Release

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed free agent center Byron Mullens. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mullens, 24, joins the Clippers after spending the last two seasons in Charlotte, where he averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 53 games (41 starts) in 2012-13. The Ohio native has appeared in 144 total games in four NBA seasons with Charlotte (2011-2013) and Oklahoma City (2009-2011) and brings career averages of 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 21.1 minutes per game to Los Angeles.

Originally drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Mullens was acquired by the Thunder on draft night and played in 26 total games for Oklahoma City before being traded to Charlotte on Dec. 19, 2011 in exchange for a 2013 draft pick.

The 7-foot Mullens played one season at Ohio State University, earning a spot on the 2008-09 Big 10 All-Freshman Team as well as winning the 2008-09 Big Ten 6th Man Of The Year Award for averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.

A star at Canal Winchester High School in Ohio, Mullens was a member of the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Team.

Last season, Mullens set career-highs in 3-pointers made (66), attempted (208) and percentage (.317) despite missing a stretch of 19 games from December 22 – February 4 with a left ankle injury. He also established new career-highs in total rebounds (337) and assists (81) with the Bobcats in 2012-13.