Lawrence Frank, LA Clippers’ president of basketball operations, commented on the addition of guard Luke Kennard following the team’s official announcement of his acquisition of Detroit on Thursday.
“Luke is a young, rising player who has worked hard to establish himself as a reliable shooter and playmaker,” Frank said. “We have admired him far away for a long time and are happy to have him.”
Kennard arrived as part of a deal that sent guards Landry Shamet to Brooklyn and Rodney McGruder to Detroit as the Clippers tried to improve the support crew around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
In addition to Kennard, the Clippers center Justin Patton of the Pistons received in the deal the night of the NBA draft as well as the draft rights to junior college player Jay Scrubb and four second-round picks (2023 via Portland and 2024, 2025 and 2026 via Detroit).
“The draft assets allow us to continue to develop and develop young talent or otherwise explore trading opportunities in the years to come,” Frank said Thursday in confirmation of the moves.
Kennard, 24, missed most of last season due to tendinitis in the knee. Over 28 games, he averaged career highs in points (15.8), assists (4.1) and rebounds (3.5) starting for Detroit.
The Clippers also added center Daniel Oturu of Minnesota in a draft day trade with the New York Knicks for another round in 2023.
As part of a three-team trade on Wednesday, the Nets received Shamet, Pistons guard Bruce Brown and the draft rights to Reggie Perry, who was selected 57th by the Clippers on draft tonight.
Pistons acquired draft rights to Saddiq Bey (Nets ’19th pick in the draft), McGruder, Nets forward Dzanan Musa, another round draft from Toronto in 2021 and draft rights to Jaylen Hands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.