In a last-minute, reported-after-the-deadline trade, the Clippers were able to ship out Byron Mullens, according to the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner:
Clippers traded Byron Mullens to 76ers. Per source— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 20, 2014
ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne confirmed the report:
Clippers were able to trade Byron Mullens to Philly as well, per sources— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 20, 2014
Per Turner, the Clippers won't be taking back any players in return:
Clippers will get 2nd round pick from Philly for Mullens.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 20, 2014
Clip deal: Mullens a future 2nd to PHI for a conditional 2nd....antawn and cash to ATL for draft rights to Cenk Akoyl. (2005 draft pick).— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 20, 2014
Mullens' departure came on the heels of ESPN's Brian Windhorst reporting that the Clippers traded Antawn Jamison as well:
The Clippers have traded Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks, sources told ESPN— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 20, 2014
Shedding Mullens' contract was a no-brainer for the Clippers. He's only averaging 6.2 minutes of action through 27 appearances this season and holds a player option for next year that he's likely to exercise.
Moving him also creates another roster spot, which could prove useful when all is said and done.
Following trade deadlines, players get bought out before hitting the open market. This gives Los Angeles the option of strengthening their roster with a potential free agent it can both afford and plans to play more, or just deems a better fit overall.
What's most unclear is what the future holds for Mullens. The Philadelphia 76ers have plenty of players on their roster after a flurry of last-minute deals themselves, and there's no way Mullens fits into their rebuilding plans.
A former first-round pick, Mullens was once valued for his size and floor-spacing ability. Almost five years into his NBA tenure, the Sixers are now his fourth team, as he's been unable to make good on his alleged skill set.
For the Clippers, though, this is a good, pliability driven move.
With J.J. Redick out indefinitely tending to a back injury, Los Angeles now has the option of adding another perimeter-oriented player through other avenues post-deadline.
"There's no set deadline on when he's coming back," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Redick's return, via the Los Angeles Times. "He could be back quick or it could take a while."
At least now the Clippers have more flexibility to better plan for his absence, however long it should prove to be.