Clippers waive Courtney Fortson

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Clippers waived guard Courtney Fortson, the team announced Friday.

Fortson was signed by the Clippers on Jan. 16 to give the team some backcourt depth while Chris Paul missed five games, Mo Williams missed three games, Chauncey Billups missed two games and Eric Bledsoe missed the first 16 games of the season with injuries.

Bledsoe has been sidelined all season after undergoing surgery Oct. 7 to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee he suffered during an off-season workout but is expected to return to the lineup this weekend after a two-game rehabilitation assignment in the NBA Development League.

Bledsoe recorded 15 points and 7 assists in 18 minutes for the Bakersfield Jam on Thursday and will play for the Jam again tonight before rejoining the team Saturday for their game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Fortson appeared in four games for the Clippers, averaging 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 11.2 minutes. Fortson scored a career-high 13 points on Jan. 17 against Utah.

The Clippers roster currently stands at 14, allowing the team the flexibility to sign another player at some point if needed.

ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard reported Friday that the Clippers are one of five teams pursuing free-agent forward Kenyon Martin and that Martin will make a decision on which team he will sign with next week.

The Clippers could offer Martin the $2.5 million mini-midlevel exception but Martin would be unable to join an NBA team until the Chinese Basketball Association season ends on Feb. 16 after signing a deal with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers during the lockout.