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Justise Winslow Heads West To Join The Clippers

Former Duke star will join forces with Paul George and, eventually, Kawhi Leonard

2021 NBA Playoffs - Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JUNE 2: Justise Winslow #7 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on during Round 1, Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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There was a time when joining the Clippers was nightmarish. After Brotherhood member Danny Ferry was drafted by the Clippers, Danny Manning told him “welcome to hell.”

Since the NBA forced Donald Sterling to give up the team, and since former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bought the franchise, things have improved dramatically. He was kind of fill-in-your-expletive at Microsoft but has turned out to be a pretty good owner, bringing in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, among other good moves.

And now his team has signed former Blue Devil Justise Winslow to a two-year deal.

Winslow has shown a lot of promise in the NBA but has had some injury issues. He is reportedly healthy though and with Leonard most likely out for the season, Winslow could get some solid minutes.

He won’t be an exact analogue for Leonard of course, but the Clips will need some help, particularly with ballhandling and defense, and Winslow has shown that he belongs. So he’s got a real opportunity to make a mark in Los Angeles. If he stays healthy, he’ll be a huge asset once Leonard returns.