The Los Angeles Clippers are in the spotlight right now. They just fired Doc Rivers and hired Tyronn Lue as their new head coach after imploding in the playoffs and blowing a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals.
It’s pretty clear that the Clippers need a playmaker that can carry the load and pull the strings of the offense, allowing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to work off the ball and get the looks they want and need to be more efficient.
Los Angeles have enough assets to try and pull off a move for a big-name point guard in the offseason to try and run it back next year, considering their title window could close quickly with Leonard and George opting out of the final year of their deal in 2022. Here, we’ll let you know about the top 5 point guards they should trade for:
Trade Package: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Montrezl Harrell for John Wall, and future 1st round pick
John Wall has a huge question mark over his head right now. He’s missed a lot of time with big injuries and even though the Washington Wizards are reportedly fully confident in his ability to perform at the highest level again, perhaps they’d be better off piling up assets and taking his massive contract off their books.
The Clippers would have to work on a sign-and-trade with Montrezl Harrell to pull this off but this would be a huge win for both teams. Washington could make a run at the playoffs and significantly improve their league-worst defense with Beverley and Harrell while adding another scoring option in Lou Williams. Los Angeles, on the other hand, will have their floor general and two-way player to round up their Big 3.
Trade Package: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, and Rodney McGruder for Mike Conley, and a 2nd round pick
To say that Mike Conley was one of the most disappointing players of the past season would be fair but we also have to give him credit as he bounced back in a big way in the bubble. He proved that he’s far from washed and that could still be a big contributor in a Championship contender going forward.
The Clippers need a guy like Conley that can take great care of the ball and is an unselfish playmaker that could also get hot from the floor when called upon. They’d be taking a bit of a risk by parting ways with Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley but he’d be a better fit, at least in the paper. As for Utah, they’d get younger and more athletic.
Trade Package: Lou Williams, Landry Shamet, and a 2nd round pick for Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is reportedly on the Los Angeles Lakers radar and for very good reasons, as he’s coming off a solid year with the Detroit Pistons and showed glimpses of his quickness, aggressiveness, and athleticism again. Obviously, his proneness to get hurt will always raise a lot of concerns but he’s been healthy for most of the past couple of seasons.
The Pistons aren’t going to contend any time soon and they’d be better off piling as many assets as they can. They’d get a nice young player in Landry Shamet that could even start for them right away, and they could flip Lou Williams to a contender for Draft assets, while Rose would have the chance to play for an NBA Championship plus the Clippers would prevent him from joining their biggest rivals.
Trade Package: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Rodney McGruder for Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday is one of the most underrated players in the world right now. He’s a World-Class defender that can get stops and lock down the best scorers on earth. He’s got the length to guard multiple positions, can score efficiently from within close range, and is a willing, unselfish playmaker. He should be playing for a championship contender.
The New Orleans Pelicans would be wise to try and make the most of Holiday right now, as there’s no way that he’s satisfied by the team’s situation. He’d welcome a move to a contending team and the Pelicans could get role players that better fit their roster or trade them for more draft assets while taking Holiday’s contract off their salary cap.
Trade Package: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Montrezl Harrell for Chris Paul
Even though the Los Angeles Clippers were the team to beat in the league last season, they’ve never played better than when Chris Paul was pulling the strings of the offense. Some rumors claim that he’d love to go back to Los Angeles, and while the Lakers could be an obvious choice, perhaps we shouldn’t rule out a reunion with the Clippers’ organization.
Paul is the ultimate competitor and floor general and watching Kawhi Leonard and Paul George next to him would be a scary thought for the rest of the league. The Clippers would have to do a sign-and-trade with Montrezl Harrell and the Oklahoma City Thunder would have to trade away Steven Adams, but they’d get a lot of draft assets in return for all those veterans.