A Los Angeles Clippers late-night trade that rocked the league was one of the many moves that were made prior to the NBA Trade Deadline.
The Los Angeles Clippers have popped up in the running for different players with impending free agencies and on the trade block, so it was going to be interesting on the moves that they would make near the trade deadline.
This season, the Clippers went on a huge run boasting a 11-3 record in November. Following that hot start, the flames were fanned out as the Clippers tethered in the .400 win percentile range as their combined record for December and January was 13-18.
Los Angeles sits at eighth in the Western Conference as they are 30-25 on the season and rank second in the Pacific Division.
As the dust settles close to the All-Star break, the Clippers are looking onward to the postseason with the big free agency class that highlights Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and many more. With that, the Clippers are full of scrappy go-getters who are assets or fits for some of the league’s shining stars.
Los Angeles wanted to make some moves to get more players to do so while also staying in the playoff race.
This brings us to 48 hours prior to the trade deadline.
Tobias Harris is also among one of the players who will be a free agent this upcoming summer. He has been having himself a good season for the Clippers as he averaged 20.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a game.
Harris was traded late Tuesday night to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Boban Marjanović and Mike Scott in exchange for Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler and along with two first-round draft picks and two second-round draft picks.
Marjanović was a fan favorite who was always showered with cheers when entering games. Whenever he was inserted into the lineup, he brought more energy on the floor. In 37 games this season, he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Mike Scott had been a player for the Clippers that would bring another shooting presence to the second unit. Prior to the trade, Scott was on a hot streak shooting 53.3 percent from three-point range.
The Clippers traded with their in-arena rival, the Los Angeles Clippers before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline. The Clippers acquired Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley from the Lakers in exchange for Mike Muscala.
Following the trade with the Lakers, the Clippers later waived Michael Beasley.
Los Angeles also did a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple in exchange for Avery Bradley.
Marcin Gortat and Milos Teodosic were waived by the team amidst the trades that happened. Both Gortat and Teodosic were the oldest members of this Clippers team.
Gortat played in 47 games with the Clippers and averaged five points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Teodosic has not played in the last 25 games, but in the 15 games that he did play, he averaged 3.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.
Evaluating the New Additions
Zubac is a young big who has shown flashes of the potential that he has in the league. Under the guidance of JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler, Zubac’s style of play changed as he became more of a force in the paint and improved defensively and with screen setting.
He averaged about nine points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of play for the Lakers this season.
Shamet was a rookie sensation for the 76ers this season. The 26th pick of the 2018 draft brought some life to the floor for a team who was lacking in shooting. His play on the floor also amplified a lifeless Philadelphia bench with consistent shooting and good individual defense.
Off the bench, Shamet averaged 8.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
Chandler has been rehabbing from a hamstring injury that has kept him off the floor. That injury keeps him out through the All-Star break. When he was healthy for the 76ers, he averaged 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2 assists through 26.4 minutes per game.
Temple brings another veteran presence to the Clippers. He also brings more shooting to the team, especially from three-point range as he has shot 52 percent from beyond the arc. Temple averaged 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists a game this season with the Grizzlies.
Green, another addition from Memphis, is a veteran who brings a spark of energy to a second unit squad. His style offensively will definitely fit with players like Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, who always keep the Clippers afloat.
Green averaged 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds with the Grizzlies this season.
These new additions help the Clippers to still stay competitive for a spot in the playoffs while also giving Los Angeles some flexibility in the off-season for a big-name free-agent.