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Clippers @ Charlotte - Open Thread

2008/2009 NBA Regular Season
Time Warner Cable Arena
February 9th, 2009, 4:00 PM
No Local TV, 710 AM
Probable starters:
Baron Davis PG D.J. Augustin
Eric Gordon SG Raymond Felton
Al Thornton SF Boris Diaw
Zach Randolph PF Juwan Howard
Marcus Camby C Emeka Okafor

Trivia Time - You already know that the Clippers traded down in the 2004 draft, swapping their number 2 overall pick (which became Emeka Okafor) for the Bobcats number 4 overall pick (which became Shaun Livingston). What else happened in that trade, and why? What was the Clippers' motivation?

Answer - The full trade was LA's number 2 pick for Charlotte's number 4 pick, their second round pick, and one more thing: Charlotte agreed to take Peja Drobnjak in the expansion draft. This agreement was key. It was June 2004, and a certain LA based shooting guard was about to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. The focus of the Clippers in the 2004 off-season was on clearing enough cap space to make a max offer to Kobe Bryant. Getting rid of Drobnjak was part of that - even the lower salary from the number 2 pick to the number 4 pick helped. Of course, it didn't work out - Kobe reneged on his verbal agreement with the Clippers and went back to the Lakers, the Clippers got Shaun Livingston and Lionel Chalmers in the deal, and they have nothing to show for the trade today.