NBA Draft

Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander selected by the Hornets but will end up with L.A. Clippers

#Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's basketball journey finds a new chapter and it will begin in Los Angeles via Charlotte.

Gilgeous-Alexander was taken with the 11th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets but a draft day trade will see him eventually end up in Los Angeles with the Clippers ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Canadian joins the 42-40 Clippers in hopes of helping a backcourt that already features Patrick Beverly, Austin Rivers and former Raptor Lou Williams.

"It's a great feeling honestly, and being able to play in the NBA is a blessing that not many kids get to experience," Gilgeous-Alexander told ESPN about being drafted.

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 37 games under coach John Calipari at the University of Kentucky.

Gilgeous-Alexander's first taste of NBA action is expected to be at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Clippers' schedule will begin on Friday, July 6 when they take on the Golden State Warriors at 11:30 p.m. ET.

More from NBA.com

carmelo-anthony-dennis-schroder-split-071918-ftr
Reports: Three-team deal sends Carmelo to Atlanta, Schroder to OKC
Gilbert McGregor
demar-derozan-asg-071919-ftr-getty.jpg
Blogtable: Will DeRozan make the All-Star team next season?
NBA.com Staff
demar-derozan-071918-ftr-getty.jpg
DeRozan should feel at home in the Spurs' system
Scott Rafferty
michael-porter-jr-071918-ftr
Porter Jr. undergoes another back surgery
Steve Aschburner
jeff-green-071818-ftr
Track Eastern Conference player movement
NBA.com Staff
julius-randle-elfrid-payton-071818-ftr
Track Western Conference player movement
NBA.com Staff
More News