New York Knicks forward David Griffin and Charlotte Hornets forward David Clarkson were traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster deal on Friday, sending the Hornets to Brooklyn for forward David Jones, a first-round pick and guard David Lee, the Nets announced.
Griffin, the NBA’s All-Star point guard, averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Hornets, who lost their first five games of the season and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
The Hornets had dropped five straight.
Jones and Lee, along with two first-day draft picks, are expected to form the starting five for the Nets this season.
In exchange, Brooklyn gave up point guard Marcus Camby and point guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, along.
with guard Jeremy Lin, forward Justin Holiday and guard Marcus Thornton.
The Nets were also set to lose center Jason Terry, who was traded to Minnesota on Friday.
The deal was finalized by the league’s collective bargaining agreement, which will not be amended until the start of the 2017-18 season.
The Clippers won the 2017 NBA Championship.
The team announced on Friday that Griffin would be sidelined with a strained left hamstring and Clarkson, who missed all but one game with a left knee injury, would be out indefinitely.
Griffin said he hoped the trade would open a new chapter in the franchise’s history.
“I hope it opens up a new era of Charlotte Hornets basketball,” he said.
“This is a historic day for our franchise and our city.
This is a new beginning for the team.
We’re just excited for what it will bring to the community.”
The Hornets, whose season ended Friday with a loss to the Golden State Warriors, were led by forward Kemba Walker and guard Darren Collison, who combined for 39 points.
They finished with their second-worst record in franchise history and fell to 10-19 overall.
They had won three of their previous six games, but lost four of their last five.
Jones, who had been out since Feb. 10 with a right knee sprain, was the team’s top scorer (21.5 points per game) and rebounder (5.8).
Clarkson was third on the team with 12.7 rebounds and led the league with six blocked shots per game.
He had a season-high 23 points and added 11 assists in a 113-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.