It seems like Josh Hart won’t be the only Wildcat in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hart’s former teammate--Darrun Hilliard—was traded to the Houston Rockets, before being flipped to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a multi-team trade to help facilitate the Chris Paul move.
While the return package hasn’t been revealed yet, the Pistons are most likely to receive cash considerations.
Hilliard was selected 38th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, breaking a six-year dry spell in which no Villanova players were drafted.
At Villanova, he amassed 1,511 career points and aided the Wildcats to two Big East regular season titles, and one Big East Tournament championship.
His NBA journey hasn’t been an easy one thus far, as he suffered various injuries that hampered his time as a professional player. He even spent some time in the D-League, playing for the Grand Rapids Drive.
During his two-year stint in Detroit, Hilliard appeared in 77 games, averaging just under 10 minutes per game, 3.6 points per game, and shooting 38.5 percent on the floor.
Now, he’s looking for a fresh start—one that might come in sunny California.
Aside from Hilliard, six other players will also be welcomed to Los Angeles. The Clippers also received Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, DeAndre Liggins, Montrezl Harrell, and Kyle Wiltjer, as well as a future first round draft pick and cash.
With an overcrowded Clippers roster—one that is in rebuilding mode—it is uncertain what the Clippers will do next.
However, for now, it looks like Hilliard’s journey will continue out west.