Ex-Detroit Pistons SG Luke Kennard gets new contract: 4 years, $64 million from Clippers

Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press
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Luke Kennard got paid. Just not by the Detroit Pistons.

The Los Angeles Clippers are giving Kennard a four-year, $64 million contract, according to his agents. He would have been a restricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.

The Pistons dealt Kennard to the Clippers as part of a three-team deal with the Brooklyn Nets on draft night Nov. 18. The Pistons acquired the No. 19 overall pick in the deal and drafted Villanova forward Saddiq Bey.

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Kennard was selected 12th overall in the 2017 draft by the Pistons' Stan Van Gundy regime. He proved to be a productive and efficient offensive player, but dealt with injuries in each of his three seasons. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell, the player taken one pick after him, quickly rose to stardom with the Utah Jazz.

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Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard dribbles against the Houston Rockets, Dec. 14, 2019 in  Houston.
Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard dribbles against the Houston Rockets, Dec. 14, 2019 in Houston.

Last season, Kennard averaged 15.8 points, 4.1 assists and shot 39.9%, but played in only 28 games due to bilateral tendinitis in his knees. He said he was in the "best shape" of his career during the Pistons' bubble workouts in the fall before the trade.

For started 44 of 164 games in three seasons with the Pistons, averaging of 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists on 40.2% 3-point shooting.

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