As their regular season ended early, the LA Clippers go into the offseason with many tasks on the board. Outside of retaining Russell Westbrook and moving on from Marcus Morris, the front office must prioritize adding a third star to the lineup. Whether that is a big man or a guard, the Clippers lack a consistent star behind Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Conversely, one team with several adjustments to make is the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although their trade for Rudy Gobert may be seen as a loss, Minnesota proved that they can still compete against the best of the best. Though, the front office may look to build around Anthony Edwards.
Furthermore, this leaves Karl-Anthony Towns’ future hanging in the air. As for the Clippers, Mason Plumlee, the backup center, will enter free agency unrestricted. He will likely receive offers from several contenders.
The Clippers must be on their heels for what they plan to do, and pursuing a talent like Towns is the perfect move. In addition, the Timberwolves are lacking depth at the wing position, and that is one of the strengths of the Clippers’ roster.
The only question surrounding Towns is his health. With Leonard and George constantly battling injuries, the last thing the LA Clippers need is another star who cannot stay on the floor. However, this will be a high-risk-high-reward move as the Clippers are nearing the end of their championship-contending era. It makes perfect sense for both teams to pursue a trade.