With only one day left until the NBA trade deadline hits, there are still plenty of teams who will be scrambling to make a deal before that window closes in hopes of bolstering their squad ahead of the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been having a great season, currently sitting in third place in the Western Conference, four games behind the first-place Jazz. Thanks to big players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they’ve been able to keep pace with the top teams in the league. Of course, looking at their recent play, it’s clear they’re going to need to make some kind of change if they want to stay near the top of the standings. They’ve lost eight of their last 14 games, and both Leonard and George have been huge but they’ve been lacking any sort of real production outside of those two.
They’ve got a wealth of experience and a decently deep roster, but they’re going to have to turn things around if they want to make a real run at the championship this year. Adding one more player for the rest of the season could do wonders as they head into the playoffs. It’s no secret that the Clippers have been targeting a point guard in their next move which has included Lonzo Ball, Ricky Rubio, and George Hill.
Clippers Top Target: Lonzo Ball
Like several other teams, the Clippers have been linked to Lonzo Ball for weeks and are reportedly still actively pursuing him. Ball has had another great year for the Pelicans, averaging 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game throughout the season. He’s a fantastic all-around player and can be lethal both on and off the ball.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Clippers have been exploring a multi-team trade to get this deal to happen since they don’t have a whole lot to offer. They don’t have first-round picks to trade and also won’t want to send anyone away that they deem too valuable to lose, so they’ve got to find other avenues in order to make this thing happen.
With just under a full day before the trade deadline hits, they’ll most likely be doing anything they can to bring the playmaker in while also offering a more appealing deal than other teams would. They’ll have plenty of competition as other teams like the Hawks, Knicks, and 76ers have all been linked to the young point guard. That also all depends on if the Pelicans even want to let go of him as he’s having the best season yet of his career.
There’s a chance that this deal gets done as the Clippers are pursuing him pretty hard, but I don’t think anyone will be surprised if it doesn’t end up happening.