Former University of Detroit star Willie Green traded to Clippers

July 31, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Willie Green, a former standout at Detroit Cooley and the University of Detroit, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday. The details from NBA.com:

The Atlanta Hawks have traded shooting guard Willie Green to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the rights to forward Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a 2003 draft pick from Cameroon who has not played in the league.

The deal Monday creates a trade exemption for the Hawks, who have built depth at guard through a series of moves.

The 31-year-old Green averaged 7.6 points while making 44.2 percent of his 3-point attempts last season. He has averaged 9.1 points in nine NBA seasons with Philadelphia, New Orleans and Atlanta.

Green battled injuries and was in and out of the Atlanta rotation last season, but Andrew Han of Clipper Blog breaks down why he’s a good fit with L.A.:

The Clippers added one more deep shooter to the roster today. Last season was a relatively small sample size, but Green shot 44% from deep. Breaking that down further, Willie Green was 54% from the beloved corner-3 (27-50) and 37% from above the break (23-62).

Anyone who can hit an open 3-pointer in the NBA is sure to benefit from playing alongside Chris Paul, so if Green is healthy, expect him to contribute off the Clips’ bench next season.