Clippers Acquire Daniel Oturu

NOV 19: The trade sending Oturu’s draft rights to the Clippers is now official, the team announced in a press release. The Clippers actually acquired Oturu’s draft rights from the Timberwolves – rather than the Knicks – in exchange for Detroit’s 2023 second-round pick and the rights to 2017 second-rounder Mathias Lessort.

Minnesota will now flip Detroit’s 2023 second-rounder, along with Immanuel Quickley‘s draft rights, to the Knicks for the draft rights to Leandro Bolmaro. The eventual outcome will be the same, but the order of operations will be a little different than anticipated.


NOV 18: The Knicks selected University of Minnesota center Daniel Oturu with the No. 33 pick but will ship him to the Clippers for a 2023 second-rounder, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweets.

That future second-rounder will be a pick that the Pistons owe the Clippers, Windhorst adds another tweet.

After selecting Dayton forward Obi Toppin with their lottery pick at No. 8, New York have been bouncing up and down the first and second rounds.

The Knicks acquired the No. 23 overall selection from the Jazz for the No. 27 and 38 picks, then shipped that pick to the Timberwolves for the No. 25 and 33 picks. They used the No. 25 pick on Kentucky point guard Immanuel Quickley, the SEC Player of the Year.

Oturu averaged 20.1 PPG and 11.3 RPG in 33.9 MPG as a sophomore last season. He’ll give the Clippers another big body that new coach Tyronn Lue can try to mold into a rotation piece.

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17 thoughts on “Clippers Acquire Daniel Oturu

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Would have liked Oturu. It’s a Pustons 2nd rd pick. Do it makes more sense. Still should be more. Gotta be more.
    This could mean we are still going after Woods. I hope so

  2. Tatsumaki

    Oturu is a really nice get for clippers, it was clear that zubac was outmatches by most good centers. If they want to compete this move was necessary.

    • x%sure

      IDK what you mean by most centers outmatch Zubac, but Oturu might be more of a replacement for Mfiongu Kabengele.

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Oturu to the clippers is solid. Oturu is a great shooter and adds some spacing if they use him off the bench.

    Knicks did great to turn the 27th and 38th picks into the 25th and 33rd then take Quickly. Now flipped the 33rd for a pistons future second. I suppose that’s not a bad move, better than having the 38th this year I guess

  4. Dorothy_Mantooth

    Man, it sure feels like the Knicks passed on some serious talent in this draft. While Toppin should be a great scorer in the NBA, the Knicks passed on a potentially better player in a position of need in Haliburton. They then passed on PGs Tre Jones and Tyrell Terry for Quickley. Then at 33, I thought they made one of the best picks of the night in Oturu, only to trade him to the Clippers for another 2nd round draft pick that is most likely going to be lower than the third overall pick of round 2 like they had tonight. Hopefully it all works out for them but it sure feels like they passed on, or traded better talent / picks than they ended up with.

    As The Who said: “Meet the boss, same as the old boss”.

    • andremets

      I think Toppin to the Knicks instead of Halliburton means Rose plans to go for a big names for the point: Westbrook, Van Fleet, or even a Rozier/j.Randle swap.

      • SheaGoodbye

        And that’s exactly what you don’t want as a Knicks fan, if it is indeed true. Rose and Thibs would be DOA.

        Granted, it is funny seeing them try to spin things in an overly positive way despite disappointment after disappointment, although I can’t blame them for trying to continuously talk themselves into hope.

  5. Is 2023 supposed to be a deep draft or something?

    How are the Knicks getting good value by trading the 3rd pick in the second round for a future second rounder?

    • Luke Adams

      Maybe it’ll come out that they also got some cash in the deal or something. Doesn’t look like great value on the surface. (Though it is possible that 2023 will be the first draft without the one-and-done rule in place).

      • GabeOfThrones

        Yeah, that trade doesn’t make any sense as reported straight up. No way that’s it.

        • ctyank7

          Hey, it’s the Knicks, clueless and directionless … an ongoing embarrassment to the league.

  6. Pretty sure that Rose made a rookie (GM) mistake at #23. Hampton fell to him there (he looked like a genius), he should have just picked him. He was right that he could extort Wolves. Won that battle but lost the war. Hampton > Quickley + 2023 2nd.

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