NBA Trade Rumors: Kendrick Perkins says Clippers will break up team

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Before the NBA season started, many considered the Los Angeles Clippers as a front-runner to win it all. It was easy to see why considering the title run Kawhi Leonard just had and with Paul George having an All-NBA First-Team campaign.

It didn’t play out the way the Clippers intended. George underachieved throughout the playoffs and then ultimately, Leonard also failed to deliver in key moments of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. A team built on a superstar duo needs elite results and that simply didn’t occur.

During a recent appearance on ESPN, Perkins reported the Clippers are ‘going to break this up’ when discussing the team’s future.

“The Clippers are going to break this up whether you like it or not. I heard from the inside source they’re all going to break this up. They are going to break this up.”

When the Clippers put together a superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, it took substantial draft compensation to pull it off. By essentially sacrificing their long-term future for immediate results, Los Angeles simply can’t afford to experience such shortcomings.

It will be fascinating to see what the Clippers have in store in the offseason when it comes to roster construction. Los Angeles has Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris, Patrick Patterson, and Reggie Jackson all set to become free agents while having a restrictive salary cap situation.

The Western Conference won’t be getting any easier considering the Warriors will have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson once again. There are teams like the Mavericks, Suns, Grizzlies, and Pelicans who all could experience further improvement, too.


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