The Los Angeles Clippers are currently second in the Western Conference, with a 14-5 record after beating the Miami Heat in their most recent game. While the roster is solid, the Los Angeles Clippers could always elect to make a move in order to increase their chances of winning a championship. When the Raptors traded for Marc Gasol during the 2018-19 season, it was with the intention of tweaking their roster to make it better, and Gasol ended up being a crucial part of their championship run.
There are a few players around the league that could make a contender like the Los Angeles Clippers better. There could be the potential for a trade that gets the Los Angeles Clippers that extra piece that can help them beat other contenders. Here are the best targets for the Los Angeles Clippers right now.
5. Lonzo Ball
Season Stats: 11.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Lonzo Ball
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: Patrick Beverley
Lonzo Ball could be a good addition to the Los Angeles Clippers. Lonzo Ball is a big point guard who is a streaky shooter and an elite passer. His most consistent attribute is his defense: he can lock up most perimeter players when engaged and is a switchable defender who can guard any position from PG to SF. On the Los Angeles Clippers, Lonzo Ball would play a complementary role on offense, while taking some of the defensive pressure on the perimeter off of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The trade package would be a one for one swap with Patrick Beverley.
Patrick Beverley would provide some veteran experience for the Pelicans, and could be traded later down the line. With Lonzo Ball's free agency coming up, the Pelicans could elect to trade him in order to avoid signing him to a very lucrative deal. Patrick Beverley would bring the grit and grind mentality to the young Pelicans team and could be a good locker room influence.
4. JJ Redick
Season Stats: 7.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: JJ Redick
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: Patrick Beverley, a future second-round pick
JJ Redick's biggest skill is his shooting. Redick shoots 41.4% from 3PT range for his career. However, he has struggled this year, only making 29.8% of his 3PT shots during the 2020-21 season. The Pelicans could elect to trade the veteran in order to get some future assets, as Redick is on an expiring contract. Trading him to a contender like the Los Angeles Clippers would reunite JJ Redick with his former team while also letting him be in contention for a championship. JJ Redick's stats from this season don't fully encompass his value, as he has gravity off the ball, and just the threat of him shooting is enough.
The benefits of having Patrick Beverley were mentioned in the previous section, and the real key in this trade is not losing JJ Redick in free agency for nothing. Beverley is on his current contract until the end of the 2021-22 season, and the future second-round pick could be an asset that is a throw-in, and could later be used to draft a player on a cheap contract. This would be a solid haul for a veteran shooter.
3. Derrick Rose
Season Stats: 14.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Derrick Rose
Detroit Pistons Receive: Lou Williams, two future second-round picks
Derrick Rose is a former MVP who still has a few years left in the tank. After re-inventing himself as a scoring sixth man who comes off the bench, Derrick Rose has managed to find a role that maximizes his strengths. He can score and run an offense and would be a valuable bench piece for any contender. Rose has been linked with the Los Angeles Clippers before, and this could be the time to trade for the veteran guard. The Clippers could use an effective bench scorer who can thrive in limited minutes.
Lou Williams could be traded by the Los Angeles Clippers due to the fact that he has a much lesser role on the roster this season, and is on an expiring contract. Two future second-round picks should be enough to get Derrick Rose, and Rose himself would surely relish playing for a contender.
2. Buddy Hield
Season Stats: 15.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Buddy Hield
Sacramento Kings Receive: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac
Buddy Hield is an elite jump shooter who is stuck on a struggling Sacramento Kings team. Hield currently shoots an elite 39.0% from 3PT range. Buddy Hield can create shots on the perimeter at a high-level, and he can shoot given the smallest sliver of daylight. Buddy Hield would be a good addition to the Los Angeles Clippers, as he could be a tertiary scorer and provide elite spacing for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Hield would be a good fit in Los Angeles, and would finally get the chance to play for a winning team.
The Sacramento Kings trading Buddy Hield means that there is a starting spot for Tyrese Haliburton, who has shown great two-way potential during his rookie year. The Sacramento Kings would get Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams in this package, two experienced veterans who could help the young players on the roster develop. Ivica Zubac would be a promising center prospect as well, and he could be traded later on as he is on an affordable contract. This deal would get the Sacramento Kings a solid haul for their sharpshooter while adding some pieces that provide depth and experience.
1. Bradley Beal
Season Stats: 35.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards Receive: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac, Mfiondu Kabengele, Daniel Oturu
Bradley Beal is one of the biggest names in the trade market currently. With the Washington Wizards having an abysmal start to the season, it is conceivable that Bradley Beal would ask to get traded soon. Beal has been one of the most loyal players in the NBA, but it must be hard to lose all the time. Bradley Beal deserves to go to a contender, and getting traded to the Los Angeles Clippers could give him a chance at a championship. Creating a Big Three of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Bradley Beal would make the Clippers a favorite to make the Finals.
When discussing a possible trade for Bradley Beal, all options are on the table for the Los Angeles Clippers. Anyone not named Paul George or Kawhi Leonard could be part of a trade package. The package mentioned consists of salary matching from Beverley, Williams, and Zubac while sending out younger prospects for the Wizards' rebuild. While any package that the Clippers can put together wouldn't be as appealing as the trade packages that could be proposed by other teams, anything can happen in the NBA. A trade is far from being a reality right now, but front offices in the NBA have pulled off crazier things.