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Crosstown rivals Clippers, Lakers make deal as Zubac, Beasley go to Clippers

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired center Mike Muscala. In exchange, the Los Angeles Clippers have added center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley.

The Lakers are giving up a young center, who could have been a part of their future for Muscala.

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“For two-plus seasons, we have seen Ivica up-close and watched him develop into a skilled center,” Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said. “For his age, Ivica has proven to be an energetic rim protector who can score around the basket. We are eager for him to join our group of promising young players.”

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Zubac appeared in 33 games for the Lakers. He started 12 games for the team. He averaged 8.5 points per game.

Beasley, on the other hand, appeared in 26 games. The journeyman is averaging 7.0 points per game.

Muscala has not played for the Clippers yet. He was acquired in a six-player trade with the Philadelphia 76ers on February 6th.

During his time in Philadelphia, he appeared in 47 games. He averaged 7.4 points per game.

The Minnesota native has been a reserve for much of his career. He made six starts for the 76ers. He also made 18 starts for the Hawks.

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Zubac will compete for minutes with Marcin Gortat and Montrezl Harrell for minutes. He will likely be the team’s backup before Doc Rivers may give him additional time.

Beasley and Muscala will be just bench reserves.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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