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Clippers acquire Normal Powell, Robert Covington from Blazers for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow

Written by Doug Rush

Clippers acquire Normal Powell, Robert Covington from Blazers for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow

With the NBA trade deadline next week, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers made the first big move before it.

The Clippers traded Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a future second round pick to the Blazers for Norman Powell and Robert Covington.

The Clippers are able to add more firepower, as Powell is averaging 18.7 points per game; Covington is a nice big man who can score and rebound; he averages 7.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

The emergence of Anfernee Simons in Portland allowed them to move Powell in the deal; Powell signed a five-year, $90 million contract with Portland back in August.

With Portland at 21-31 on the season and in the final spot of the play-in playoff games, will they sell off more of their roster?

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.