The weeks following the NBA Draft usually sees teams officially acquire their draft rights via sign-and-trades and draft night trades and yesterday, the Los Angeles Clippers made their draft night trade official, acquiring wing Brandon Boston Jr. in exchange for cash considerations from the New Orleans Pelicans, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Clippers’ BJ Boston – the No. 51 pick in the 2021 NBA draft – is signing a two-year guaranteed rookie deal, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Clippers targeted the forward in the draft, paid to acquire the 51st pick and have a third-year team option on Boston.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 9, 2021
The 51st overall pick in the draft, Boston is signing a two-year guaranteed rookie deal with a third-year team option.
Spotrac’s Keith Smith reports that Boston is getting $2.5 million guaranteed in his deal with the Clippers, the most guaranteed money for a draft pick who was drafted in the 50-60 range and who didn’t spend time overseas.
The rook has also been in the lab with veteran guard Rajon Rondo, who was traded to the Clippers in March.
Clearly Los Angeles has high hopes for the 19-year-old.
Move Breakdown: @RajonRondo @BenSimmons25 @bboston_ 😤 Details – Downhill attack , Finding the gap & playing through contact getting to the rim for the finish!! Pay attention to the details of how each player protects the basketball 🏀💪🏾 #jushoop pic.twitter.com/R2dGvQSkqv— Chris Johnson Hoops (@ChrisJHoops) August 6, 2021
Boston averaged 11.5 points 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and a swipe in his lone season with the Kentucky Wildcats. The Kentucky guard has been added to the Clippers 2021 Summer League roster, with their first game tipping off against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.