For Immediate Release

Clippers Extend Qualifying Offer to Novak

The Los Angeles Clippers today extended a qualifying offer to forward Steve Novak, making him a restricted free agent.

In 71 games played for the Clippers last season, Novak averaged 6.9 points in 16.4 minutes per game. Completing his third NBA season, the sharpshooter out of Marquette connected on 119-286 three-pointers (.416) on the year.

In accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, in order for a team to retain its right of first refusal with respect to a restricted free agent, the team must tender the player a qualifying offer prior to June 30. A restricted free agent may sign an offer sheet with any team, but is subject to a right of first refusal with the team for which the player last played.

In related roster moves, the Clippers announced that guard Ricky Davis has exercised his contract option for the 2009-10 season and that forward Brian Skinner has decided not to exercise his contract option for the 2009-10 season, making him an unrestricted free agent. The team also decided not to exercise their team option for the 2009-10 campaign on guard Alex Acker.