Clippers Guard Becoming Trade Candidate

After a very promising start to the season, the future in Los Angeles for 23-year-old guard Bones Hyland is now very much in question. A rumor on Sunday places the Clippers' Hyland squarely on the trade block. 

According to Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype, the former first-round pick (26th overall, 2021) by the Denver Nuggets, Hyland has lost favor in Clipperland, and is a trade candidate. 

The third-year player started the season with four consecutive double-digit games off the bench, averaging 16 points while bombing away from three-point range at a 50% clip, in about 23 minutes per night. 

His production then fell off significantly for a few games, before he went off for another 17-point game on November 10th against Dallas. Since then, however, Hyland hasn't left the bench in five of the last seven games, and only appeared in less than 8 minutes total in the other two. 

As Gozlan notes, this has all coincided with the arrival of the Beard. 

"The writing was on the wall for Hyland in the Clippers rotation when they traded for James Harden." And while Hyland continued to play off the bench while Russell Westbrook was in the starting lineup, he lost his role to Russ once Westbrook moved to the second unit. 

After his strong start to the season, Hyland may be able to bring in a decent return for the Clippers, if they so choose.

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