Several members of the LA Clippers have been with the organization for multiple seasons. Retaining roster consistency from year to year has been part of what has helped the Clippers reach the level of a high-level championship contender.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have of course been the driving force to LA's success since their arrival in summer of 2019. But the longest-tenured Clippers player on the roster is Ivica Zubac, who has been with the team since February 2019, having been dealt at the 2018-19 trade deadline.
Zubac made an appearance on Podcast P With Paul George recently, and he talked about his trade from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Clippers in 2019. According to the Croatian big man, the trade was an extremely easy change for him to deal with.
Zubac says his move from the Lakers to the Clippers was the "easiest trade ever"
Many players in the NBA have a certain level of anxiety around being traded, and for good reason. Being traded from one team to another typically means having to change cities, houses or apartments, and essentially uprooting your entire life and potentially your family's life in order to begin playing for a new team.
But for Zubac in 2019, getting the call from the Lakers that he was being traded simply meant that he would be taking a short walk down the hallway to the Clippers' locker room. As he explains on the podcast, Zubac was in Boston with the Lakers at the time the news broke, and he did not even have to leave the city as the Clippers were set to play there in a few short days.
When he returned to Los Angeles a few days later, Zubac was able to continue living in the same house and did not have to make any major changes to his life. He called it the "easiest trade ever." The list of NBA players to be traded to a different team in the same city is very short. But if the typical experience is anything like what Zubac described, it must be one of the easiest trade scenarios possible for a player.