Anatomy of an NBA Trade – Los Angeles Clippers

Trade Anatomy LA Clippers- Recap #1

What I like

The Clippers gave up a good player who wasn’t a good shooter (Winslow) for a shooter (Powell). They moved on from a player who is a bit of s defensive liability (Bledsoe) for someone known for his defence (Covington). If you line up the trade like that then the Clippers handed Keon Johnson to the Blazers for nothing. Johnson is a wildcard simply because he is so early in his NBA career. Who knows, in 5 years the Clippers may look back on this trade with regret just for moving on from Johnson. But, if you focus only on the key pieces, there is a lot to like.

Powell is a solid scorer and Covington is a good defender. They seem to be a fit for this Clippers team that clearly upgraded at both positions they traded. While Covington is an UFA next season and may not be long for LA, Powell is signed through the 2025-26 season! That means that barring a trade Powell will be alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George when the Clippers open Intuit Dome in the 2024-25 season. When you consider how good a player Powell is along with his friendly contract there is a lot to like about this trade!

What I Don’t Like

Losing Justise Winslow is tough. Admittedly, his 4pts/4rbs/1ast while shooting 45% overall and 17% from deep line isn’t all that impressive. But, Winslow brought more than what shows up in the box score. It took him a while to get acclimated but as of late he has been making his presence felt. He was a player that led comebacks and didn’t make mistakes. Say what you want, but players like that are special and every NBA champion has someone like that.

Trade Anatomy LA Clippers – Recap #2

  • Sacramento Kings receive: DiVincenzo (from Milwaukee), Josh Jackson (from Detroit), Trey Lyles (from Detroit)
  • Detroit Pistons receive: Bagley (from Sacramento)
  • Los Angeles Clippers receive: Rodney Hood (from Milwaukee), Semi Ojeleye (from Milwaukee)
  • Milwaukee Bucks receive: Serge Ibaka (from Los Angeles), two second-round picks, cash

What I Like

For the Clippers this came down to Serge Ibaka for Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye. Ibaka was good in spots for the Clippers but certainly had lost a step. Couple that with the emergence of Isaiah Hartenstein and “Iblocka” was the 3rd center. When you consider that there were rumors that he might be bought out being able to trade him for some return is a positive. Aside from all that however what I most like is that Serge will get a chance to chase a ring in Milwaukee.

What I Don’t Like

No disrespect to either Hood or Ojeleye, but there isn’t much to get excited about here. I remember being a fan of Ojeleye’s game when he was with the Celtics, where he saw his most productive seasons. I just don’t see much playing time for either of these players in a Clippers jersey. So, what I don’t like is that this is a trade with no “Wow factor”. No excitement, no thrill; it was just a trade.

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