LA Clippers: 3 ideal replacements if Nicolas Batum doesn’t re-sign

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Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

It’ll be tough to find LA Clippers fans who don’t want to see Nicolas Batum re-sign with the team this offseason.

There’s a lot to like about Batum’s fit with the Clips, and he needs to be a priority this summer.

He provides veteran leadership, strong defense and versatility on defense, and consistent three-point shooting. He’ll likely not be a very costly option for the Clips this summer too. Finding a new free agent that checks all of those boxes will be tough, but could possibly be found.

No. 3 ideal replacement if Nicolas Batum doesn’t re-sign with the LA Clippers: Otto Porter Jr.

Otto Porter Jr. fits with the LA Clippers due to his strong three-point shooting.

The Clippers were the best shooting team in the NBA last year, and Porter has a history of shooting the lights out.

He’s actually been a better three-point shooter than Batum in his career. Batum has a lifetime three-point percentage of 36% compared to Porter’s 40.2%.

Porter is coming off of a contract he signed to be worth $26,631,244 per year on average. He didn’t earn it in his play overall, so he’ll be much cheaper this offseason.

He still is, however, a quality three-point shooting forward who at 6’8″ can play both the three and the four. Averaging five rebounds per game in his career and over a steal per game, he’s well-rounded too. He should be looked into if the Clips can’t bring back Batum.

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