The Kabengele situation is very odd. Obviously they are down on him ( remember they didn't even take him to the bubble last year )
Here's what Hollinger said about the situation.
"Kabengele’s case was the brow-raiser, however, as he is coming off his rookie season and his potential salary hit ($2,174,880) was quite low. The Clips would have had to be pretty convinced he wasn’t any kind of answer to make a move like this.
It’s surprising because his track record wasn’t so awful that you’d automatically hit eject after one year. He had a respectable G League season (20.4 PER) in 27 games, one where he showed some stretch big potential (53 made 3s). His limited NBA minutes, between preseason and NBA, haven’t been overtly awful. While his limited feel is an obstacle and there are some medical questions about his knees, this was a known quantity coming into the 2019 draft and the Clippers gave up a future first to get him.
Should they change their minds and want to bring him back, the Clippers are forbidden from offering Kabengele more than that $2,174,880 option amount this offseason. With a good year, he can become a poaching target for another squad trying to develop a young big."https://theathletic.com/2300715/2021/01/04/cavs-defense-jimmy-butler-heat-patrick-williams-bulls-corey-kispert-nba-draft-gonzaga/
My take is that the Clippers aren't a great fit for somebody who's as raw as Kabengele and is a bit of a late bloomer ( he hardly started in college and is a guy who had a late growth spurt ). I watched him quite closely in pre season, his body looks a little soft and he doesn't have a great feel for setting screens and being in the right spot, but he does many things a modern post should do. He's a good 3 - point shooter and shot blocker ( he blocked Rudy Gobert twice in a row in the game I watched ) . His mobility despite his relative girth is surprisingly okay. I just think the Clippers are a terrible fit for somebody so raw - they have a crazy demanding owner, its NBA finals or bust and a well documented veteran roster with lots of chemistry issues.
I don't think he's going to be a star. but he certainly has modern NBA post rotation ability if given the proper time and opportunity. This is a guy the Raptors should be all over given their current post situation.