NBA Free Agency Rumors: Clippers gain crucial draft pick from Nets

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Clippers gain crucial draft pick from Nets

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a playoff run, but what is more surprising is that NBA rumors are swirling that they also are getting a good position going into the NBA draft all thanks to the Brooklyn Nets.

ESPN reported that in 2012 both teams have agreed on a trade that had Reggie Evans included in it. The Clippers traded Evans to the Nets for a sign-and-trade deal with the Clippers getting the better end as they get the ability to swap for second round picks in the 2016 NBA draft.

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“Reggie Evans is one of the most tenacious rebounders in the league.  He is a proven NBA veteran and will be an important addition to our front court rotation,” former Nets General Manager Billy King said of Evans.

The Nets now own the 55th pick in the 2016 NBA draft, while the Clippers will move up to No. 33 or No. 34. The Nets are without their 2016 first round pick — a lottery selection — thanks to Kings’ trade with the Boston Celtics, which brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn on July 12, 2013.

NBA rumors are stating that the Clippers will exercise their swap in the coming draft as a handful of potential hopefuls make up the list of this year’s pool. Aside from that, they could also use it as a bargaining chip as the free agency is just around the corner.

The Clippers are also trying to explore the possibility of looking at New Orleans Pelicans Ryan Anderson, who might also test the waters during free agency. The 27-year old Sacramento native has been rumored of weighing things and is listening to offer sheets from the Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers as well.

Yibada reported that Anderson is currently stock with the Pelicans with an $8.5 million contract and NBA rumors are even swirling that the Clippers might trade their star player Blake Griffin to get a shot at landing Anderson to create more ceiling on their roster. If the Clippers let go of Griffin it could mean more money for the Clippers to lure in Anderson, who could work well with Andre Jordan inside the paint.

Now, things are getting more exciting as the NBA sets for the playoffs and team who are out of contention are looking at possible ways to land a deal with free agents and get the needed picks during the draft to fortify their respective rosters.

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