With less than 10 days until the NBA trade deadline, a lot of big names are expected to hit the market as teams make a push for the playoffs.
One of those big names is Hornets guard Terry Rozier. According to NBA Central, the Clippers have “strong internal interest” in acquiring Rozier.
The Clippers are fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 26-15, but they are 3.5 games behind the Jazz and seeking to move up in the standings with two months left until the start of the playoffs.
The Clippers currently have Patrick Beverley as their starting point guard and Lou Williams coming off the bench, but the team could use an upgrade at the position.
Rozier is having a career year in his second season with the Hornets, averaging 20.4 points per game in 36 appearances. Meanwhile, Williams and Beverley are only averaging 12.4 points and 8.3 points per game, respectively. Rozier will give the Clippers’ offense a boost and take the load off superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Even thought the Hornets have a winning record and are currently in position to make the playoffs, it’s not a surprise that they are shopping Rozier. The Hornets have an emerging star in LaMelo Ball as their ball-handler and currently have Rozier playing at the shooting guard position. If the Hornets trade Rozier, it will give him an opportunity to play at his natural position again.
Rozier isn’t the only point guard the Clippers are interested in. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Clippers have also shown interest in Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.
It’s clear that the Clippers are serious about improving from last year’s disappointment in the bubble. By acquiring a play-maker like Terry Rozier or Lowry, the Clippers could make a deep run in the postseason and make fans forget about last year’s ending.