The Los Angeles Clippers are 26-26 and sit seventh in the Western Conference.
For a team that is without not one, but two of its best players – this group has actually legitimately outperformed expectations.
That said, this is still a lost year. No title will be won in 2022, and as such, the front office is in sell-mode with February’s NBA Trade Deadline approaching.
What will that ultimately look like over the next couple of weeks?
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, three Clippers players are now on the block: Serge Ibaka, Marcus Morris and Eric Bledsoe.
“Eric Bledsoe, Serge Ibaka, and Marcus Morris are the players the Clippers are making the most available,” he wrote.
“No surprises there. Ibaka is on an expiring $9.7 million deal and he’s barely hanging on to a rotation spot, having been surpassed by Isaiah Hartenstein on the depth chart. Bledsoe doesn’t bring enough playmaking or shooting. He makes $18.1 million this season but is guaranteed for only $3.9 million next season, making him slightly more movable. A team could easily absorb one or both of their deals.
“Morris, who is in the second year of a four-year, $64 million deal, comes at a reasonable price for a player who could immediately help just about any playoff team. The Clippers may keep him given that he’s their third-leading scorer and a versatile defender, but he’s also their best veteran to deal for a quality point guard.”
It will be interesting to see where the Clippers go from here.
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The front office appears to be very interested in making something work for Houston Rockets guard John Wall, but one major roadblock seems to be preventing a deal from materializing.
Outside of that, or perhaps the Clippers pulling off a Ben Simmons trade – it feels like Ibaka, Bledsoe and/or Morris getting dealt is as much as LA will ultimately get done ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline.