Clippers Trade For Former Pepperdine Star

The Detroit Pistons will trade seldom-used guard Alex Acker to the Los Angeles Clippers for an exchange of future draft picks, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because the trade hasn't been announced. Traditionally teams put off announcing trades or other moves during All Star weekend, although this move certainly isn't going to rack up much interest. The move got the Pistons under the luxury tax threshold, for the Clippers it is a little depth at guard for an often injured team.

The 6-foot-5 Acker played in just seven games for the Pistons this season, averaging 1.3 points. While he has NBA offensive skills, he has spent most of recent seasons in the D-League or Europe, with questions about his focus.

He is a Southern California product, born in Compton he played his high school ball at Eisenhower out in Rialto then went to the coast and played college ball at Pepperdine. There he racked up the points -- 1,273 in three years, while shooting 41% from three point range and gathering 133 steals. Acker made the All-WCC first team in 2005. He was drafted at the end of the second round in 2005 by the Pistons.

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