Lawrence Frank, the LA Clippers’ president of basketball operations, commented on the addition of guard Luke Kennard following the team’s official announcement of his acquisition from Detroit on Thursday.
“Luke is a young, ascending player who has worked hard to establish himself as a reliable shooter and playmaker,” Frank said. “We’ve admired him from afar for quite a while and are excited 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 attempt to improve the supporting cast around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
In addition to Kennard, the Clippers received center Justin Patton from the Pistons 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 the opportunity to continue drafting and developing young talent, or otherwise explore trade opportunities, for years to come,” Frank said Thursday in confirming the moves.
Kennard, 24, missed most of last season because of knee tendinitis. Over 28 games, he averaged career highs in points (15.8), assists (4.1) and rebounds (3.5) as a starter for Detroit.
The Clippers also added center Daniel Oturu from Minnesota in a draft-day trade with the New York Knicks for a 2023 second-round selection.
The Pistons acquired the draft rights to Saddiq Bey (the Nets’ 19th pick in the draft), McGruder, Nets forward Dzanan Musa, a second-round draft pick from Toronto in 2021, and the draft rights to Jaylen Hands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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