The Clippers have shown interest in trading for one of Detroit’s young stars

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Following the LA Clippers’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers, they now move up to fifth place in a tight western conference. This victory sparks a win-streak for head coach Tyronn Lue as the team faced two devastating losses to the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.

On Sunday afternoon, star big man Ivica Zubac had the best game of his young career. The Pacers had no answer for the seven-foot center as he capped the win with 31 points and 29 rebounds, crushing his previous record of 18 which he posted around this time last month.

This LA squad has displayed much improvement over the past ten games as vital pieces in Terrence Mann, Reggie Jackson, and Norman Powell, hit a stride as of late. However, there are still a few issues the team needs to address if they truly want to make a deep run in the postseason.

One component that the coaching staff must work on is the team’s three-point efficiency. Though Lue has been without his best shooter, the Clippers are 25th in the league in three-point attempts. There is no reason why a team with this much talent struggles to get shots up.

On that front, Sam Amico of HoopsWire shared that the LA Clippers are among a few teams interested in the young star, Saddiq Bey. This move would elevate the Clippers in a variety of ways as Bey is a gifted scorer. After missing four straight games, he was phenomenal through his return against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bey showed no signs of hesitation as he finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes of action.

Adding Saddiq Bey would benefit the LA Clippers now, and in the future.

The long-range sniper, Saddiq Bey, would instantly improve the LA Clippers’ three-point attempts. As of right now, Lue only has two players shooting over five three-point attempts per game. Acquiring a player like Bey would provide the Clippers with much more offensive firepower, making it difficult for opposing teams to defend the perimeter.

While he may be struggling as of late, Bey’s accomplishments through his first two years in the league should not be forgotten. He quickly etched his name in the record books as he ranks second in NBA history in three-point shots made through a player’s first two seasons.

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Moreover, Bey has some of the league’s brightest potential. The transition from a rebuilding situation in Detroit to a win-now environment in LA is exactly what Bey needs to find his rhythm. He has the ability to score at all three-levels with superb efficiency, it is just a matter of the situation he is placed in.