The Los Angeles Clippers had a fairly successful playoff run this post-season. They made it to their first-ever Conference finals. Paul George, Terence Mann, and Patrick Beverly helped the Clippers but their efforts went in vain. The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off a strategic trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Patrick Beverly and Rajon Rondo are all set to play for the Memphis Grizzlies
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies entered discussions of a possible trade. The two teams shook hands on a deal that was strategically great but disappointed the Clipper Nation. The Clippers have traded Patrick Beverly, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu in exchange for the guard, Eric Bledsoe. Pat finished his last season with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging, 4.9 points, 2,4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.
The Los Angeles Clippers are trading Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 16, 2021
Patrick Beverly has been the heart and a fan favourite for the Clippers. After four wonderful years with the franchise, he is all set to start a new chapter in his NBA career. The star had a five-word message to describe his feelings about the trade.
Grit and Grind. Let’s GO🏀🏀
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) August 16, 2021
The Clippers fans are disappointed to see this star leave Los Angeles. Ever since the news dropped NBA Twitter has been buzzing. Some also have a logical explanation for the trade and others are just hurting to see him go.
Patrick Beverley was such a huge piece for the Clippers. I had always heard rumors about trading him, but I never really thought he'd be gone. Led the team in a "family" chant before every game.
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) August 16, 2021
It is going to be amazing to watch Rondo and Beverly play alongside Ja Morant. Pat Beverly and Rondo were on expiring contracts. Bledsoe has only $3.9 Million for the 2022-23 season.
With this trade in place, both teams will benefit. The Clippers will have a playmaker in Kawhi’s absence. Ja Morant will have more support. It hurts to see a Clippers fan-favourite leave but it’s a deal that makes a lot of sense for both parties.