Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder
28-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Clippers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McGruder signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Clippers this offseason after being waived by the Heat. The swingman spent his first three years in the league with Miami and averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 23.5 minutes last season, making 45 starts. McGruder can play either position on the wing, though he figures to be the third option at best at small forward and shooting guard after the Clippers acquired Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. George and Leonard are locked into starting roles, and it appears Landry Shamet is too, leaving McGruder to scrap for minutes off the bench. Playing time could be hard to find, with Mo Harkless and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams coming off the bench ahead of him. McGruder was a quality addition to an increasingly deep Los Angeles rotation, but his fantasy value is minimal, and he can be avoided in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2019.
Will remain with Clippers
GLos Angeles Clippers
July 2, 2019
McGruder has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Clippers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
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McGruder was waived by the Heat last season after appearing in 66 games, and he was then picked up by the Clippers. The Clippers opted to retain his rights, and the front office has worked out a deal with McGruder. He started 45 games last year, averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.5 minutes. He should continue his role as a low-usage depth option.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Due to a leg injury, McGruder didn't make his season debut until late February, going on to play 18 games for the Heat. He held a relatively small role, seeing 16.6 minutes per night and averaging 5.1 points with 1.8 rebounds. The attempts were limited, but the 26-year-old shot 15-of-35 from thee (42.9 percent), an upgrade from his rookie mark of 33.2 percent. It’ll continue to be difficult for the Kansas State product to garner significant run, as Miami’s logjam on the wing didn't get any relief over the offseason. Even in deep Fantasy leagues, owners would be best to avoid McGruder.
McGruder, in his first NBA season last year, saw a solid 25.2 minutes per game, largely due to a myriad of injuries plaguing the Heat. The 6-foot-4 wing underwhelmed, however, posting just 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 73-of-220 (33.2 percent) from beyond the arc. He’s a gritty defender, despite being undersized. Ultimately, the Heat are hoping he can turn into a more proficient three-point shooter and ball-handler as well. That said, he may struggle to find the workload he garnered last season, especially if the team stays relatively healthy. He’ll be fighting with the likes of Tyler Johnson, Justice Winslow, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington for reserve minutes at the shooting guard and small forward. Even if he does see a tad over 25 minutes per game again during the 2017-18 campaign, he’s a very low-usage player, which generally doesn’t bode well in a Fantasy context.
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Becomes restricted free agent
GLos Angeles Clippers
June 28, 2019
McGruder was extended a qualifying offer by the Clippers on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Scooped up by Clippers
GLos Angeles Clippers
April 9, 2019
McGruder was claimed off waivers by the Clippers on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Hits open market
GFree Agent
April 7, 2019
McGruder was waived by the Heat on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Minor role in return
GMiami Heat
April 4, 2019
McGruder (knee) posted zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Heat's 112-102 loss to the Celtics.
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Available Wednesday
GMiami Heat
April 3, 2019
McGruder (knee) is available Wednesday against the Celtics, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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