Clippers and Blazers swap 5 players in trade | Basketball

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers traded Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, rookie Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick.

The trade, first reported by ESPN, moved the Trail Blazers below the luxury tax threshold. The move comes less than a week before the NBA’s trade deadline.

Powell is averaging 18.7 points this season, helping the Blazers weather injuries and absences. The six-year veteran came to Portland last year on a trade from Toronto.

Covington, in his ninth season, averaged 7.6 points and 5.7 rebounds for Portland.

Bledsoe, a guard in his 12th season, started in 29 games for the Clippers, averaging 9.9 points and 4.2 assists.

Winslow averaged 12.9 minutes per game as a reserve forward for the Clippers with 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. He posted a photo of a Trail Blazers hat on Instagram with the word “Vibes.”

Johnson, just 19, has played 15 games for Los Angeles.

The Trail Blazers are 21-31 this season and sit 10th in the Western Conference leading their Friday night game against Oklahoma City. The Clippers, at 27-27, sit eighth in the West.

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