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

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2. Naz Reid

Since game one of the regular season, it was clear the LA Clippers could use a backup center like Naz Reid. Once the starting big man, Ivica Zubac, leaves the floor, the play on both sides of the ball seems stagnant. With no presence in the paint, it is hard for the Clippers to fight for victory.

That said, Reid’s name has constantly been mentioned through the trade market. Following his rookie season in 2019, he has proven to be a high-quality stretch big man. His play-style, impact, and fit fall directly into Lue’s postseason plans.

So far this year, Reid is posting 10.4 points and 4.7 boards while shooting 55.6% from the field and 37.5% from three. Though his rebound averages may be low, he is only stepping on the court 17.6 minutes per game. This shows how valuable he can be despite a minimal role.

Adding a talent like Reid on the bench unit with John Wall would be a scary sight for opposing teams. Driving and kicking the ball out may be the best way to compete on the offensive end. Regarding the team’s defense, Reid is contesting 5.2 shots per game with limited opportunities. It is inevitable that he will prosper with the Clippers as he would see the biggest role through his young career.

In return, the LA Clippers would likely have to give up one of their players on the trade block and a second-round pick. This is a great deal for both teams as the two parties are addressing their problems before it’s too late.