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 challenge the Lakers and Jazz for the top-seed in the West early on in the year, 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 Leonard or Paul George, 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 struggled to produce this season off-the-bench and both Luke Kennard and Patrick Beverley have been disappointing on the offensive end of the court this year.
When either Kawhi Leonard or Paul George have missed time this year, this Clippers team has really struggled to find production and will continue to struggle unless they make a move to bolster their backcourt at the NBA trade deadline. Patrick Beverley is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, but he has not played since January 24th and has missed eight consecutive games, leaving Los Angeles very short-handed at point guard.
The New Orleans Pelicans are willing to listen to offers for anyone on their roster besides Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram, which is why Eric Bledsoe could be a prime trade target for the Los Angeles Clippers. With Patrick Beverley not being much of a factor on the offensive-end of the court and Lou Williams being the back-half of his career, it would make a lot of sense for L.A. to add a talent like Bledsoe to compliment Leonard and George.
The Clippers are tight on cap space, but by moving either Lou Williams or Patrick Beverley, they could potentially free up enough cap space to add Bledsoe to their roster. With that being said let’s take a look at three reasons why the Los Angeles Clippers should go all-out in pursuit of adding Eric Bledsoe to their backcourt.