NBA rumors: Clippers shopping Luke Kennard on trade market before draft

The Boston Celtics roster needs an additional quality outside the house shooter, and with no a 1st-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, no cost agency and the trade market place are the very best spots to discover that participant.

A person option on the trade current market for the Celtics to contemplate is Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard.

Longtime basketball reporter Sean Deveney of Significant.com reported Thursday that L.A. is “searching Kennard in advance of Thursday’s NBA draft, and will glance to shift him up coming thirty day period if no offer can be attained.”

Kennard is just one of the ideal 3-place shooters in the league. He led all gamers during the 2021-22 regular season with a 44.9 3-stage share. He is a 42.5 p.c 3-issue shooter over his five-calendar year job.

His defense is great but not terrific. That claimed, the Celtics have plenty of good quality defensive players that Kennard could move in, offer superb outside the house shooting and not be a massive liability on defense. Kennard is an elite totally free throw shooter, far too, hitting on 89.6 p.c of his attempts final period.

Kennard is signed for two additional seasons and has a income cap hit of about $14.4 million for 2022-23. As a result, his income would fit into the $17.1 million trade exception the Celtics created from the Evan Fournier deal with the New York Knicks very last summer. 

 

Kennard also played with Celtics star Jayson Tatum at Duke in the course of the 2016-17 NCAA time.

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