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Clippers acquire veteran guard Willie Green

They land the swingman in a sign-and-trade deal with the Hawks, who will get the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsantitis.

July 30, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Willie Green, left, consoles Chris Paul while the Hornets were losing to the Lakers in game 6 of the 2011 NBA playoffs.
Willie Green, left, consoles Chris Paul while the Hornets were losing to… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

The Clippers have acquired veteran free-agent guard Willie Green from the Atlanta Hawks in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis.

Green, a nine-year veteran, will get a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1.2 million.

Green, 31, who averaged 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists over his career, played the 2010-11 season with Chris Paul with the New Orleans Hornets.

Green is considered a combo guard who can play both point and shooting guard; he averaged 7.6 points in 17.4 minutes a game last season in Atlanta.

He could play a significant role for the Clippers if guard Chauncey Billups is not able to start the season while he recovers from surgery on his left Achilles’ tendon.

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