As All-Star Weekend in New Orleans winded down, trade rumors and potentially confirmed deals began dominating the headlines once again.
Seemingly moments after the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis scored 52 points en route to winning the All-Star Game MVP award, Sacramento Kings’ big man DeMarcus Cousins was traded to New Orleans in a largely lopsided trade — but that’s a whole different conversation for another time.
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With Boogie on the movie and the league’ trade deadline just a few days away, where are the Los Angeles Clippers in all of this?
Let’s take a look at some potential moves the team can make, and recent rumors picking up steam heading into this week:
According to both Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix of The Vertical, both the Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in Denver Nuggets’ forward Wilson Chandler.
“Oklahoma City had been very much in pursuit of Rudy Gay before his season-ending injury,” Wojnarowski said over the weekend. “They’d love to get a 4-man, a versatile forward, as would the Clippers. Both teams think that kind of a player maybe gets them over the hump in a first-round series.”
What can the Clippers offer for Chandler? That’s where L.A. has a problem, in terms of assets other teams will seek prior to the deadline.
The Clippers can’t trade their 2017 or 2019 first-rounder, while the Oklahoma City Thunder have already moved their 2018 and 2020 picks.
For the Clippers, Chandler not only brings a higher level of talent on the wing and depth at the small forward position, but also allows head coach Doc Rivers to go small with Chandler at the 4. Chandler recently lost his role in the starting lineup to Kenneth Faried and is rumored to be on the move, one way or another.
Given his talent and fit, the Clippers should shop what little assets they have to gauge the Nuggets’ willingness to part with Chandler.
More Nuggets on the Move?
Other than Chandler, keep an eye on trade discussion surround Danilo Gallinari.
ESPN’s Marc Stein initially reported this rumor about a week ago, but the Clippers have been monitoring Gallinari’s situation in Denver. Any move for Gallo will more than likely have to include Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, given Gallinari’s price tag of $16-plus million.
Based on salary considerations and the fact that L.A. will have to deal with the free agency of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick this offseason, Gallinari just might be too much hassle in the current infrastructure.
Following Boogie’s move to New Orleans, it almost seems like a no-brainer for the Clippers to do anything to bring Carmelo Anthony to L.A. Better yet they’d be able to do with without giving up their core.
So what’s the hold up?
Supposedly one of the issues has been finding a landing spot for Jamal Crawford and his contract. He’s owed a little over $14 million in 2017-2018, $14.5 million in 2018-2019 before becoming an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) in 2019. He’ll be 36-years-old heading into next season.
Despite the contract and age variables, Crawford is still in demand in the current market, with teams like the Washington Wizards looking for a sixth-man to push them over the middle-of-the-group hurdle in the Eastern Conference.
The Sacramento Kings are going to waive Matt Barnes — a move to clear some necessary space for the Boogie Cousins trade — and the Clippers could bring him back to add some depth on the bench.
Along with Barnes, expect a guy like Langston Galloway to get some attention as well. Don’t be surprised if playoff teams go after these names, with even the Golden State Warriors potentially looking at Matt Barnes.
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