3 buy-low targets for the LA Clippers at the trade-deadline

Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Now that the LA Clippers are through with half of the regular season, it is evident a change needs to occur. Head coach Tyronn Lue and his squad were expected to be in a tier of their own, competing for a championship. While that may not be the case, the trade deadline is a golden opportunity to correct any issues.

Currently, the front office has several areas to focus on. From acquiring a true point guard to a competent big man, buying low is the best way to go. Especially considering the cap room the Clippers have to work with, quality role players will elevate the team’s regular season.

As the trade deadline is just a few weeks away, several reports are being released on the players available, asking price, and leverage. The Clippers can utilize these factors, plus their needs, to make a trade that will benefit the team long-term.

With the amount of talent the Clippers possess, the minimum for the team’s success should be a final appearance. As of right now, Lue and his squad are far away from that threshold. However, building more vital pieces around the foundation will be the key to winning it all.

3. Isaiah Hartenstein

The best way to kick off the trade deadline is for the LA Clippers to acquire a familiar face in Isaiah Hartenstein. His role with the New York Knicks has been declining over the last few weeks, making it obvious that he will be available for trade when the time comes.

In his time with the Clippers, Hartenstein was a primary reason why the franchise was able to notch their first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance. His impact is very similar to the play of Ivica Zubac, giving Lue more talent to work with.

During his only season with LA, Hartenstein averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in only 17.9 minutes. Additionally, the seven-foot big had a total +/- of +169 through 68 games played. This capitalizes on his impact and ability to shift the momentum of a ball game.

Outside of his dominant two-way efforts, Hartenstein is already familiar with the system. Lue knows the correct way to utilize his abilities, adding to why his fit would be perfect for the LA Clippers. With the amount of leverage in his situation with New York, it would not cost more than a second-round pick to secure this trade.