This ESPN trade proposal for VanVleet tarnishes the Clippers’ title hopes

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How does ESPN believe the LA Clippers will be able to acquire VanVleet?

As Fred VanVleet is a former all-star and NBA champion, the asking price may be high for the LA Clippers. The front office should look into their untouchable pieces and proceed with their decision. Longevity is critical for a successful franchise, backing up why maintaining draft capital and having a stable future is just as important as winning a championship.

On that note, ESPN believes the Clippers should trade Amir Coffey, Brandon Boston Jr, Robert Covington, and a future-protected first-round pick to the Toronto Raptors. Outside of Covington, this trade would impact the future of LA drastically. However, if the package is right, the front office should do anything to win a championship.

In return, the Clippers would receive Fred VanVleet, Dalano Banton, and Juancho Hernangomez. This package would give LA the all-star they need to win a championship, along with a solid young piece and an experienced veteran.

This trade would be an easy one to accept for Toronto. They are receiving many young talents, draft capital, and one of the best two-way role players in the league. As the Raptors’ goal is to build around their foundation, adding players like Boston Jr and Preston is a phenomenal start.

A trade of this nature comes down to whether or not the LA Clippers will accept. This shows how much the front office values their future after superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George move past their prime years. Though winning a championship is the most important goal, is it worth giving away multiple second-round gems the coaching staff has discovered over the years?