The Clippers are deep in negotiations to make their first roster alterations ahead of the next NBA season.
By Wednesday afternoon, the team remained in discussions toward a three-team trade that, if completed, would send the expiring contract of forward Marcus Morris Sr., the former starter who had lost his rotation spot late last season, promising but little-used forward Amir Coffey and the 30th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Washington, and take back guard Malcolm Brogdon from Boston, according to a person briefed on the trade talks but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Brogdon, 30, is a former rookie of the year who last season played 26 minutes off the bench for the Celtics while averaging 14.9 points, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds. At 6 feet 5, he would add size to the Clippers’ backcourt, while also adding risk of injury to a team already with plenty. Brogdon missed 15 games this season and 46 in 2021-22.
The deal could not become official until after Thursday’s draft because of a league rule that prevents teams from being without a first-round pick in consecutive years. The Clippers, in this scenario, would select the 30th pick on behalf of Washington, then send the new draft pick to the Wizards.