By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
The National Basketball Association’s trade deadline was moved up this season before the NBA All-Star break. This season’s All-Star weekend was hosted by Chicago just a couple of weekends ago now. Just before the annual break in the season is when many teams around the NBA becoming buyers or sellers, depending largely on their expectations and playoff positioning to that point in the season.
In preparation for their playoff push, the Clippers were looking for some veteran talent to add to their already formidable squad. By sending Guard Jarome Robinson to Washington Wizards in a three-team trade where they were able to acquire New York Knicks Forward Marcus Morris. In this transaction, the Clippers also sacrificed 26-year-old defensive stopper, Maurice Harkless, while averaging a modest 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds this season.
By acquiring Marcus Morris Sr., they add more grit and toughness to their team. Morris, the 30-year-old Philadelphia native has averaged of 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his 588 games played. The 6’8”, 218-pound forward was enjoying his career-highs in points at 19.6 points and 43.9% three-point field goal percentage. When Head Coach Doc Rivers was asked about what they expected from him he told me “almost everything! We need him to defend and rebound, but knock down threes.” I also asked Montrezl Harrell how familiar he was with Morris before he joined their team and he responded by saying, “He put up 40 (points) on us about a month ago so we know what he can do.”
Selected with the 13th pick of the 2018 draft, Jarome Robinson played 75 games for the Clippers while averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds. This three-team trade also brought the enigmatic Point Guard Isaiah Thomas, who they waived shortly thereafter. Even though the Clippers didn’t make any more trades, they turned to the buyout market to further improve their team.
I’ve said many times previous to my sports writing cohorts, the Clippers needed an additional Point Guard to add to their arsenal. My thinking is this would alleviate much of the ball-handling duties from Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Lou Williams. Allowing those guys to stay fresher later in the game. By signing the recently waived Reggie Jackson, they were able to fill that void. Kawhi Leonard shared what his expectations of the two guys are since they are now on his Clippers squad, when I asked them about his familiarity with them, and he told me “we were in the same draft class.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Reggie Jackson with the 24th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Clippers acquired the 29-year-old Pordenone, Italy native guard just after the annual NBA All-Star break. When I asked Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers his expectations of Reggie Jackson, he responded by saying “Reggie is another energy guy, can defend, get shot up, and be another ball handler.”
I’m excited about these new additions to the Clippers and if Monday night’s win over the Grizzlies was any indication of what’s to come their adaptation should be seamless. Kindly share your thoughts on the most recent Clippers addition with us by simply commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms, Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!