Clippers Shopping Shooter Luke Kennard Ahead of Draft: Sources

Luke Kennard of the Clippers


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Luke Kennard of the Clippers

When it comes to the upcoming NBA trade market, which is already reaching a steady boil with the Pistons’ trade of Jerami Grant to Portland on Wednesday, the role of pure shooter is getting a bit crowded. It is no secret that the Heat have been taking calls on wing Duncan Robinson, whose poor defense left him all but banished during the postseason with five DNPs.

It’s also not much of a surprise that the Nets are seeing what might be available for shooter Joe Harris, whose ankle injury 14 games into the schedule turned into a season-long nightmare that required surgery.

But when it comes to pure shooters on the market, the one who may be the most attractive is the guy who led the league in 3-point shooting last year, making 44.9% from the arc, Clippers guard Luke Kennard. According to sources around the league, L.A. is shopping Kennard ahead of Thursday’s NBA draft, and will look to move him next month if no deal can be reached.

The Cavaliers and Clippers had talked about a Kennard deal last winter, but the Cavs instead landed more versatile guard Caris LeVert—the Cavs are still badly in need of perimeter shooting. The Clippers traded for wing Norman Powell at the deadline instead, and Powell’s presence makes Kennard more expendable.

The Bulls and Kings are also potential suitors, according to sources. Kennard (who turns 26 this week) has three years left on his contract, at $13.7 million, $14.7 million and $14.7 million, with the third year being a team option. Harris (who is 30) has two years at about $39 million, while Robinson (he’s 28) has four years and a hefty $74 million remaining.