“Time for Damian Lillard To Run From the Grind”: NBA Twitter Reacts to Clippers Fleecing Blazers in Massive Trade

Published 02/04/2022, 10:35 PM EST
Nov 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann (14), Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18), Clippers guard Paul George (13), Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) and Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) battle for a rebound in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past 24 hours, the Los Angeles Clippers have been running the city of LA. They just came off a thrilling win over their city rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, with the trade deadline closing in, they added a valuable player to their roster in a five-player trade. The move may not sit well with a sidelined Damian Lillard.

The Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a five-player trade that sent Norman Powell to the Clippers.

Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during first half action at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Despite losing their two All-Stars, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers have done well this season. They are en route to be in the play-in tournament and are proving to be lethal. A lot of the credit goes to their coach, Ty Lue, who has done a tremendous job in transforming this season. And now he has help.

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Clippers give Dame another reason to leave

Just a day after their thrilling win over the purple and gold, the Clippers are moving players around. They agreed to deal Eric Bledsoe, Juston Winslow, Keon Johnson, and a future pick. In exchange, they received Robert Covington and Norman Powell to strengthen their roster.

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The Trail Blazers have not had the best time in the past couple of days. Their main star, Damian Lillard, sits injured. Now, they have lost one of their best scorers along with a defensive player. Powell has saved the Trail Blazers multiple times this season and has been scoring at a consistent level. As for Covington, he can be a great shooter and also have a serious defensive impact.

The Clippers are making strategic moves in bringing these players in. They already have scorers on their side with Morris Sr. as well as Reggie Jackson handling that department. However, Powell adds a new dimension to their offense, which suits Ty Lue perfectly. Moreover, their defense will look a lot more daunting now that Covington is here as well.

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With the way this roster is shaping up, exciting things are to come for them. Who do you think won this trade? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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