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Clippers trade for Willie Green from Hawks

Jul 30, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

Raptors forward Anderson defends against  Hawks guard Green in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta Reuters

If things go well for the Clippers, Willie Green will rarely see the court. They have Jamal Crawford to play the two guard spot and they hope Chauncey Billups will be healthy and eating up minutes soon.

But, things rarely to plan and the Clippers want to be prepared, so they announced they have traded for Willie Green from the Atlanta Hawks.

Technically the Hawks get the rights to heavy Greek center Sofocles Schortsianitis — you can call him “Sofo” like everyone else — but he is not coming to play in the NBA (he’s been one Summer League and didn’t look NBA ready). This is another part of new GM Danny Ferry reshapping the Hawks roster top to bottom.

Sofo fits into a trade exception the Clippers already have.

Green spent most of his career in Philly but was with Chris Paul in New Orleans a couple years ago. He hit 44 percent of his threes last year for the Hawks and gave them solid minutes when he got in.

Another nice veteran addition to what should be a good Clippers roster. How good, and how far coach Vinny Del Negro can take them, will be the questions once the season starts. They think they can challenge the Thunder and Lakers. We need to be convinced still.

  1. mat9844 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    I think the Clippers will convince a lot of people this year. Green will be a nice addition coming off the bench.

  2. omie34 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    The clippers are wanna be contenders just like the knicks and nets. They’re the 4th best team in the west barley ahead of memphis. Same as last year

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    That roster is killer deep. 3rd best team out West . It’ll be a dogfight for that top spot next year. Or at least for top 4 positioning. Can’t wait!

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