NBA: Clippers get Norman Powell in trade with Blazers
The Los Angeles Clippers acquired swingman Norman Powell and forward Robert Covington from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guards Eric Bledsoe and Keon Johnson, forward Justise Winslow and a 2025 second-round draft pick.
The teams confirmed the trade Friday night following multiple reports.
The second-round pick the Clippers are sending Portland originally belonged to the Detroit Pistons.
The addition of Powell and Covington will aid a Clippers team that has played without Paul George (elbow) since late December and Kawhi Leonard (knee) all season. George’s elbow tear will be examined again later this month, while the status of Leonard remains unclear.
Powell, 28, is averaging 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 40.6 percent on 3-pointers in 40 games (39 starts) this season. The Clippers will be his third NBA team after he spent his first five-plus seasons in the league with the Toronto Raptors.
Covington, 31, is contributing 7.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 48 games (40 starts) this season.
Bledsoe, 32, has averages of 9.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 54 games (29 starts) in 2021-22.
Winslow, 25, is averaging 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 37 games (one start), and Johnson, a 19-year-old rookie, is contributing 3.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 15 games off the bench.