Grade the Trade: Clippers juice shooting in latest trade idea

Bojan Bogdanovic, Detroit Pistons. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images
Bojan Bogdanovic, Detroit Pistons. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images /
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Bojan Bogdanovic, Detroit Pistons. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images /

Would the Clippers do this trade to juice shooting?

Adding Bojan Bogdanovic doesn’t just improve their shooting from a pure percentages standpoint. Hitting a higher percentage of 3-pointers than Morris and whatever total minutes he replaces is certainly valuable. Yet what truly will bring value is how feared of a shooter Bogdanovic is.

That “gravity” he possesses will keep defenders glued to him and force defenses to react as he moves off of screens and into hand-off movements. His shot versatility makes him not just a weapon but a mobile one; while Morris is a good spot-up shooter, Bogdanovic can shoot curling off of screens or by pulling up, which makes defenses much more stressed when defending.

Defensively, Morris has dropped off a ton, making the gap between he and Bogdanovic much smaller. The offensive firepower is a boost, and the Clippers would likely be better with this trade. Is it enough of a difference to justify sending the first? Probably, and especially so if the Clippers can use other assets to get a downhill, rim-attacking guard of some kind (the player they need John Wall to be).

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Grade: B+