While everyone is talking about the big moves such as Lebron James departure to the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul George’s decision to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers have been quietly making moves in the offseason and don’t look to stop.
After drafting two guards in Jerome Robinson and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the NBA draft, the Los Angeles Clippers traded Austin Rivers away for Marcin Gortat. Soon after, DeAndre Jordan left to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, making the trade for Gortat a very smart move. They also re-signed Avery Bradley, giving them great depth at the shooting guard position. Along with Bradley, they were able to sign forwards Mike Scott and Luc Mbah a Moute, who were both key players for their previous teams.
With the draft and the signings of the players mentioned above, the Clippers added more talent and depth to their roster, but they still seem to lack in the small forward position. In the NBA draft, the Clippers had originally drafted small forward Miles Bridges before trading him to the Charlotte Hornets for a guard in Gilgeous-Alexander. The Clippers front office must have seen superstar potential in Gilgeous-Alexander for them to trade Bridges and a draft pick away for another guard, raising expectations for the young but talented Gilgeous-Alexander.
The Clippers are also eyeing Kawhi Leonard, which would be the last piece of the puzzle for a Clippers squad without a superstar and talent at the small forward spot. The Spurs would also most likely be willing to trade Leonard to the Clippers over the Lakers as they wouldn’t want to create another superteam in their own conference. There are also rumors that Leonard prefers the Clippers over the Lakers as he doesn’t want to be the second option next to Lebron. The Clippers also have decent pieces to trade due to their depth, in fact too much depth, at the guard position. As of now, at the one, the Clippers have Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jawun Evans. At the two, they have Avery Bradley, Lou Williams, Sindarius Thornwell, and Jerome Robinson. In theory, only two of these four players at each position are going to get solid playing time, meaning the Clippers have room to trade some of these players away.
With the NBA offseason being as crazy as it always is, watch out for the Clippers to make a big move that will shake the NBA.