Hornets trade Mason Plumlee to Clippers for Reggie Jackson, future draft pick

Charlotte acquired Plumlee in August 2021

Charlotte Hornets' Mason Plumlee dunks during an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHARLOTTE — Just as Mason Plumlee was beginning to hit his stride in his second season as the Charlotte Hornets’ center, the former Duke star is headed to Los Angeles. 

Per Clippers reporter Andrew Greif, the Clippers are sending a 2028 second-round pick and veteran guard Reggie Jackson to Charlotte in exchange for Plumlee.

The trade signals that Mark Williams and Nick Richards will receive increased minutes in the center rotation going forward.

Plumlee, 32, averaged 12.2 points and 9.7 rebounds in 56 games this year with the Hornets in the final year of his contract. His trade stock had risen over the past few months as his offensive efficiency increased despite Charlotte’s overall poor performance.

Arriving in L.A. three years ago, Jackson had a shrinking role in the team’s lineup with averages of 10.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season. The 32-year-old has an expiring contract worth $11.2 million.