The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that the team acquired wing Luke Kennard (ken-ARD) and a future second round draft pick swapfrom the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade also involving the Houston Rockets. The Grizzlies traded wing Danny Green to the Rockets and three second round draft picks to the Clippers; the Clippers traded guard John Wall and protected draft considerations to the Rockets for guard Eric Gordon.
Kennard (6-5, 206) has appeared in 332 games (85 starts) and has averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 23.2 minutes for the Clippers and Detroit Pistons since he was selected 12th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Duke. The Ohio native has averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.7 minutes with the Clippers this season.
The 26-year-old led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.449) last season, while Grizzlies wing Desmond Bane finished second (.436). Kennard and Bane rank fifth and sixth in the league, respectively, this season (Kennard .447, Bane .435) and are the only teammates this season currently ranked inside the NBA top 10 in 3-point percentage.
Kennard, who has shot at least 44 percent from 3-point range in each of his last three seasons, ranks fifth among active players and 13th in NBA history in 3-point percentage (.427).
Green (6-6, 215) has appeared in 882 games (709 starts) and has averaged 8.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.3 minutes during his 14-year NBA career with the Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs. The 35-year-old competed in three games for the Grizzlies after he was acquired from Philadelphia this offseason.