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AP sources: Clippers get Johnson after trade with Knicks

FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, Tennessee guard Keon Johnson brings the ball up against Texas A&M during an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas. Johnson was chosen in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday, July 29, 2021.



AP sources: Clippers get Johnson after trade with Knicks

FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, Tennessee’s Keon Johnson (45) shoots as St. Joseph’s Ryan Daly, right, defends during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. Johnson played one season with the Volunteers and is one of the top shooting guards in the NBA draft.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers’ tradition of making a move on draft night continued Thursday as they moved up to select Tennessee guard Keon Johnson after making a trade with the New York Knicks.

People with knowledge of the details said the Clippers sent the No. 25 pick and a future second-rounder to the Knicks to get Johnson. The trade was confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it isn’t official until trade calls with the NBA. It was first reported by ESPN.

It is the fifth consecutive year the Clippers have made a trade on draft night. They were slated to have only one draft pick, but made a deal with the Orlando Magic to acquire the rights to Ohio University guard Jason Preston, who went 33rd overall.

Johnson could be the Clippers’ last first-round pick for the foreseeable future. They don’t have a selection under their control until 2027 after sending a tremendous amount of draft capital to Oklahoma City for Paul George two years ago.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Johnson made headlines during the pre-draft combine when he set combine record with a vertical leap of 48 inches. He averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds last season.

“I do believe that what I bring to the offensive end will be able to help the Clippers. I also believe that throughout this whole process my game has completely grown and changed from whenever I was last seen at Tennessee,” Johnson said from New York after being selected.