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Clippings: LA Clippers confirm spate of draft day trades

Another player is quietly traded to the Clips.

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Justin Patton is now a Clipper.
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It took about 24 hours, but the LA Clippers confirmed a three-way trade with the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets that was executed on Wednesday’s NBA Draft night.

LA confirmed they have acquired guard Luke Kennard and center Justin Patton from the Pistons, and the draft rights to guard Jay Scrubb from the Brooklyn Nets, and also four second round draft picks in the coming years (Portland 2023, Detroit 2024, 2025, 2026). In exchange, the Clippers sent Rodney McGruder to Detroit, Landry Shamet to Brooklyn, and the draft rights to Reggie Perry to Brooklyn. The Nets and Pistons also exchanged some more assets between themselves, but “Kennard for Shamet” seems to be the overall headline of the trade.

“Luke is a young, ascending player who has worked hard to establish himself as a reliable shooter and playmaker,” said Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank in a team statement. “We’ve admired him from afar for quite a while and are excited to have him. In addition, the draft assets allow us the opportunity to continue drafting and developing young talent, or otherwise explore trade opportunities, for years to come.”

It appears as well that moving McGruder was about clearing some salary. The veteran guard was set to make $5 million, and he seems to be out of new head coach Tyronn Lue’s plans. Patton, meanwhile, has basically had just a cup of coffee in the NBA — nine total games with three teams, not including the Pistons — and while the 23-year-old could be a project or deep bench guy they believe in, he may get a look in training camp and his contract for the upcoming season is reportedly a non-guaranteed $1.7 million. So we’ll see if Patton sticks around for the season.

More headlines for Friday:

  • Trade(s) and draft day breakdown: Some great context here from Jovan Buha of The Athletic breaking down the Clippers moves on Wednesday.
  • Green testing the waters: JaMychal Green opted out and is now an unrestricted free agent. It sounds like it could put the Clippers in a pickle, if they want him back and he wants a raise from the team.
  • Clips bringing in undrafted duo for look: Reports abound the Clippers are bringing in two undrafted players from Saint Mary’s — guard Jordan Ford and forward Malik Fitts — on Exhibit 10 contracts for training camp. Ford in particular looks like a poor man’s Stephen Curry, perhaps?
  • Five questions for free agency: Here’s a good column from Andrew Greif in the LA Times with free agency officially starting Friday. With it being a condensed period this offseason, buckle up.
  • Klay tears Achilles: The worst case was confirmed for Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, who is now projected to miss the upcoming season, his second full season in a row in which he’ll be out.
  • Oubre headed to Warriors: Perhaps not coincidentally, the Warriors are trading to pick up Kelly Oubre from the Oklahoma City Thunder, after he was just traded from the Phoenix Suns.
  • Hayward becomes a free agent: Gordon Hayward appears to be leaving the Boston Celtics and whatever bad juju he got from signing there by opting out to become a free agent. The early rumors claim he’ll stay in the Eastern Conference.