The Los Angeles Clippers were the biggest winners of the summer. They landed not just Kawhi Leonard, but also Paul George. Add Patrick Beverley to the mix, and you have arguably the top three perimeter defenders in the world in their lineup.
However, Kawhi Leonard’s load management has prevented them from being at full strength over a third of their games, so their record doesn’t actually reflect how good they are. Sitting at the third spot in the West with 23-10, it still feels as if they’re underachieving.
The sky seems to be the limit for this team and after jumping to a 2-0 lead vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, they look almost unbeatable come playoff time, at least, barring a catastrophe or a major injury.
However, Robby Kalland of Uproxx believes Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers are far from satisfied with the roster they have right now, and they’ve proven that they’re not afraid to be aggressive, make moves and spare no expenses to put together a contending squad.
Hence, he thinks the Clippers are going to stay active in trade talks as the February trade deadline approaches, with Jrue Holiday’s name looming around as a possible candidate thanks to his two-way expertise:
“The Clippers could use something more. You can make an argument that they could use an upgrade at point guard, maybe making a run at Jrue Holiday, but at the same time, what Patrick Beverley brings to this team and the closing lineup is so unique you almost don’t want to do something that takes him off the floor. If Holiday is available for the right price, that’s a move they almost have to make, but the Pelicans will reportedly be asking a significant price for him (as they should) and it might not be worth diminishing the quality of their depth,” Kalland claimed.
However, luring Holiday away from the Smoothie King Center will come at a high price, and the Clippers have already let go of a lot of future assets to pull the trigger on Paul George’s deal.
Perhaps Holiday’s skill set may be kind of redundant on a roster with so many good defenders and ball handlers, so it wouldn’t be worthy of letting go even more future Draft picks. But, if the Clippers are serious about their plans of LA domination and want to be the league’s ultimate juggernaut, they might as well go all in.