The Los Angeles Clippers are definitely a playoff team once again in the Western Conference, the only question that remains is how far this team can actually go. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been carrying this team to a 13-4 record, but with the lack of production outside of these two, is it fair to call the Clippers a true NBA title contender?
Not to talk down on Kawhi or PG13, because they are fantastic players, but in a loaded Western Conference with plenty of contending teams, this team’s overall lack of production could end up hurting them. Lou Williams has been non-existent this year off-the-bench and both Luke Kennard and Patrick Beverley have been disappointing on the offensive end of the court this year.
Serge Ibaka, Marcus Morris Sr. and Nicolas Batum are all averaging over 10 points per game early on in the year, but they are all streaky in terms of offensive production as well. With plenty of options in the frontcourt, the Clippers will likely not target a big man near the trade deadline, but they are very much in play for going after an established guard.
With the struggles both Beverley and Williams have had to start the year, not to mention them being 32 and 34 years old respectively, Los Angeles is very much in need of some backcourt assistance.
Luckily, there are plenty of affordable, high-level talents available on the trade market for the Clippers. The only question is if they are willing to “pay the price” to land some of these bigger named guys.
Let’s take a look at three intriguing future trade targets for the Los Angeles Clippers to go after near the NBA trade deadline.