Memphis Grizzlies power forward Jeff Green will make way for Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Lance Stephenson.
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies which involves sending their struggling swingman Lance Stephenson in exchange for Jeff Green of the Grizzlies on NBA trade deadline day. The Grizzlies will also receive a future first-round draft pick.
As a part of the deal, the Grizzlies will receive a first-round pick from the Clippers in the 2019 draft, as reported by TNT’s David Aldridge.
The Clippers required an athletic small forward. Stephenson was failing to live up to the standards expected of him by Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers. 38-year-old Paul Pierce has also failed to make his presence felt so far this season.
Being four years older than Stephenson, Jeff Green is playing at a higher level at the moment and will provide more to the Clippers’ cause.
The 29-year-old Green is averaging 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. This is roughly equal to what both Stephenson and Pierce are providing combined.
Clippers are not facing a problem scoring. However, adding Green in the mix would provide more stability and production at small forward and he can be the team’s primary player off the bench.
Stephenson was acquired by the Clippers in an offseason trade with the Charlotte Hornets which saw Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes make way towards Charlotte. Stephenson has featured in 43 games this season, averaging a limited 15.8 minutes per game.
Grizzlies will hope that Stephenson can find the form he was in during his first season with Los Angeles. The 25-year-old was averaging 4.7 points with 2.5 rebounds per game.
Stephenson has a team option in his contract for 2016-17. He will have three months’ time to prove his $9.4 million contract. If the power forward can reach even 75 percent of his 2013-14 form, then we could see the Grizzlies triggering the option.