Clippers deal for Luke Kennard, trading away Landry Shamet and Rodney McGruder
The Clippers didn’t wait for their 57th pick to make a move on Wednesday, reportedly taking part in a three-time deal in which Landry Shamet will finish in Brooklyn for 19th pick in the draft and fourth-year shooting Luke Kennard comes. to LA from Detroit, according to multiple reports. Clipper’s reserve guard Rodney McGruder was also part of the deal, heading to Detroit, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kennard, a 6-foot-5 left-hander who played at Duke, is a 40.2 percent three-point career, including 39.9 percent of his 6.5 3-point tries per game last season. Kennard averaged 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 32.9 minutes. He is in the final season of his contract ($ 5.3 million) and will be eligible for a rookie extension through December 21, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Shamet, a 6-4 shooting guard, is entering his third NBA season and will earn $ 2.1 million on his rookie contract next season and $ 3.8 million in 2021-22, according to Marks. After shooting 45 percent from the 3-point range in 25 regular season games after being traded as a rookie for the Clippers, Shamet struggled with injuries last season, shooting 36.5 percent from behind the arch. His 3-pointer against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the first round of the 2019 Western Conference playoffs was the dagger in the Clippers’ 31-point comeback.
McGruder took part in 56 games, scoring an average of 3.3 points for the Clippers last season. The Clippers are getting some pay cut in this deal as McGruder has two more seasons left on his deal, for $ 5 million and $ 5.3 million each.
The Clippers still have the 57th choice in the running virtual draft.
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