The Blazers see Gene Johnson as part of their long-term development plan

Portland, Feb. 05 (Ap) — The Portland Trail Blazers today traded Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe, Justice Winslow, Keane Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick.According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, the Blazers see Keane Johnson as part of their long-term development plan while he’s still under 20.”He’s a very athletic player,” said an NBA executive. “He’s level-headed and he works very hard.He can bring defensive intensity to the team, and although he has a long way to go offensively, he can take care of the ball.With a player like Anfani Smith, he should adapt very quickly to the team’s fast attack system.Johnson, the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2021 draft, averaged 3.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9 minutes in 15 games this season.

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