Landry Shamet joined Jim Rome on Monday to talk life in the NBA, being traded from Philadelphia and his time with the LA Clippers.
LA Clippers guard, Landry Shamet, joined The Jim Rome Show on Monday to discuss being traded midway through his rookie season and how he dealt with that after such a promising start in Philadelphia.
You can check out part of the interview here, courtesy of The Jim Rome Show:
If you didn’t watch, the clip mainly focuses on Shamet being caught off guard when he was informed ofthe trade. His first reaction?
What now? Being totally honest, I had no inclination that I would be traded. You know, I am going to be here for a while. You know, you get a phone call from your agent at 2:00 A.M., and you know exactly what it is. A lot of things are going through your mind at times.
It has to be surprising for a rookie who has shown an ability to knock down the deep ball to be traded. However, Philadelphia had moved up the timetable for winning with the addition of Jimmy Butler, so getting a win-now piece in Tobias Harris made sense.
Shamet was an underrated piece in the trade with most media outlets focusing more on Harris leaving and the Clippers receiving the coveted 2021 unprotected first round pick via Miami. No one really thought Shamet would have such a large role, especially right away. The team’s front office obviously saw something though and quickly inserted him into the starting lineup. It’s been all about the basketball since.
I think the best thing for me, once they got to the basketball, my teammates, we had a practice in Boston the night before we played Boston. I think at that point, it was when I started to feel a little bit more normal. I was able to get back to basketball. I was able to trade it back and treat it like a business.
The fact that he already understands the business nature of the league shows a lot of maturity from the young guard. His maturity was actually one of the big reasons the front office was so interested in him.
So far for the Clippers, Shamet is putting up 11.2 points per game on 41.7% shooting. He has been exceptional from deep, converting on 45.5% of his 6.1 attepts per game. His role has been similar to that of J.J. Redick and Ray Allen in Doc Rivers‘ past systems and he could really excel as the future running mate of co-rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Shamet did suffer an ankle impingement on Sunday during the team’s victory over the New York Knicks, but is only expected to miss a few games before returning for the Clippers final push for playoff seeding.