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Zach Buckley’s Trade Proposal Sends Bones Hyland to Hornets, Seth Curry to Clippers

Zach Buckley, writing for Bleacher Report, has proposed a trade scenario where the Los Angeles Clippers trade Bones Hyland, who has seen his playing time affected by the acquisition of James Harden, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Seth Curry.

The trade : Bones Hyland to the Charlotte Hornets for Seth Curry and the No. 42 pick

Before the Harden trade, Hyland had a defined role as the backup point guard behind Russell Westbrook for the Clippers. In January, the Clippers were assessing the trade market for Bones Hyland, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s moved.

Seth Curry, who played for both the Dallas Mavericks and the Hornets this season, averaged 5.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists with shooting percentages of 39.2% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc, and 90.3% from the free-throw line. He is set to earn $4 million next season and will turn 34 in August.

Buckley explains, “The Clippers added Hyland at the 2023 trade deadline, but they still haven’t figured out how to use him. On a team with this many off-the-dribble scoring threats (when healthy), Hyland hasn’t had much of an opportunity to carve out a niche. Curry wouldn’t have that problem in L.A. He’d get a neon-green light and the freedom—and expectation—to fire whenever he had a clean look at the rim. He wouldn’t add much else to the mix, but nothing else would be expected. Getting older, slower, and less dynamic off the dribble might not sound enticing to the Clippers on the surface, but this is about turning a redundant role into a useful one. Plus, L.A. would add a middle-of-the-pack second-round pick to go chasing some youth and explosiveness if so desired.”

The Clippers were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, while the Hornets missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

In the regular season, Bones Hyland averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 1.2 turnovers in 14.6 minutes per game across 37 games played (5 starts) with shooting splits of 38.6% from the field, 32.6% from three-point range, and 78.3% from the free-throw line.

In the playoffs, he averaged 3.7 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in four minutes per game across three games played with shooting percentages of 42.9%, 20%, and 100%.

Curry, with career averages of 10.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, has played for several NBA teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, and Hornets. He is the younger brother of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry.

Hyland, 23, has one more year remaining on his rookie-scale contract, worth just over $4.1 million. His future with the Clippers largely depends on the team’s offseason decisions. If both James Harden and Russell Westbrook return, Hyland might not have a significant role, but if one of them leaves, his chances of staying on the roster increase.

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