NBA Trade Deadline: Clippers acquire Norman Powell and Robert Covington from Trail Blazers

LA Clippers acquire Robert Covington and Norman Powell from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, Keon Johnson, Justise Winslow and a 2025 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Friday. The move opens up a spot on the Clippers roster.

Johnson, the No. 21 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, only appeared in 15 games for the Clippers, but Bledsoe and Winslow were both key parts of Tyronn Lue’s rotation. In fact, Bledsoe has appeared in all 54 Clippers games. Suffice to say that there will be a small period of adjustment, although the Clippers will undoubtedly be better in the not too distant future.

Beyond that, it’s hard not to love this job for the Clippers. Powell, who is averaging 18.7 points per game on 40.6% 3-point shooting, is arguably the best player in the business, and while Covington has shown signs of regression in recent seasons, he is exactly the kind of wing you want next to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in small-ball lineups.

It’s generally bad practice to mark rallies before a game is played, but right now it looks like another home run for Lawrence Frank, Michael Winger and the Clippers front office.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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