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Los Angeles Clippers trade with New York Knicks to keep player from L.A. Lakers

Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris had been playing very well for the New York Knicks. Pic credit: SNY

A Los Angeles Clippers trade with the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards has just been reported.

As the day progressed on Thursday, the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers were both pushing hard to acquire Marcus Morris. Now, we know that the Clippers have won in the negotiations.

This is one of those deals where the Clippers have added a really good role player, but where it was also a move to keep a player away from the Lakers.

Clippers-Knicks-Wizards trade details

Marcus Morris heads to the New York Knicks in exchange for Moe Harkless and other assets.

Breaking it down further, point guard Isaiah Thomas is also going to the Clippers, giving the team more depth. Can Thomas work well under coach Doc Rivers and find a way to see a career resurgence? It’s certainly possible. Stay tuned!

The Wizards net Jerome Robinson in this deal, while Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick go back to the Knicks. That first-round pick from the L.A. Clippers gives the team an advantage over the Lakers in the negotiations.

Plus, it gives the Knicks another valuable asset to work with during the NBA offseason.

This trade between the Clippers and the Knicks also clears the road for the two Los Angeles teams to give free-agent point guard Darren Collison a final pitch. Which team will the veteran want to play for the most as the 2020 NBA Playoffs quickly approach?

Lakers fans may be happy that the team decided to retain Kyle Kuzma, who was taken off the table, allowing the Clippers to take the inside lane and acquire Morris at the deadline.

More NBA trade deadline deals

Another huge deal that took place on Thursday was between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. At the heart of the deal, the Warriors sent D’Angelo Russell to acquire Andrew Wiggins and a future first-round pick. Here are all the details.

The Warriors also pulled off a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. They spun two role players into several future draft picks that should help the team replenish the roster for when Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry return from their injuries.

The Houston Rockets also traded star Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a four-team deal. It seems to indicate that the Rockets are ready to play small-ball down the stretch and push in all their chips on a season with James Harden and Russell Westbrook leading the way.

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