For the next week, the Clippers will have to stay quiet regarding Jawun Evans, the Oklahoma State rookie who the Philadelphia 76ers chose for the Clippers with the 39th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Clippers purchased both the 39th pick and the 48th pick in the draft in two separate deals.
However, when Clippers executive Lawrence Frank addressed the media following the draft, he only commented on Sindarius Thornwell, declining to answer questions regarding Evans due to the fact that the deal for the 39th pick was not yet completed.
To prevent teams from excessive buying and selling, the NBA places limits on the amount of cash that a team can send and receive in a given season. For the 2016-2017 NBA season, that number was set at $3.5 million. The Philadelphia 76ers had already received $3.4 million in trades this season—$1.8 million from the Cleveland Cavaliers and $1.6 million from the Utah Jazz, both in minor moves. Since the maximum is $3.5 million, the Clippers would have only been able to legally trade the 76ers $100,000 for the 39th pick. For reference, the Golden State Warriors purchased the 38th pick for the full $3.5 million—making $100,000 a laughable price.
To work around this, the Clippers and 76ers will complete this trade on July 1st, when the 2017-2018 cap year begins and Philadelphia’s number resets to $0.
As of now, there has been no indication as to the amount that the Clippers payed for the 39th pick.