Signing these 3 free agents will send the LA Clippers to the NBA Finals

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2. Brook Lopez

As Mason Plumlee may be on his way out, the LA Clippers should take a strong look at Brook Lopez. Not only is he one of the best defenders in basketball, but he has a tremendous offensive mindset that is often overlooked.

Furthermore, Lopez just finished the final year of his 52 million dollar deal. This means that he will command a hefty contract in free agency. Additionally, Lopez was recently named a finalist for the 2023 Defensive Player of the Year award. This backs up his value and why he is worth every penny of his contract.

To make this signing possible, the front office will likely have to move on from Marcus Morris Sr. This gives LA a chance to offer Lopez a fully guaranteed four-year, 100 million-dollar deal. Most teams around the league may be able to match this deal. Still, Lopez will be able to play for one of the best franchises in all of basketball.

As for his value, the numbers speak for themselves. Throughout 2022-23, Lopez averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in just above 30 minutes. What makes these stats more remarkable is that he only missed four games this season.

Assuming Russell Westbrook resigns with the Clippers, he will likely benefit the most from a player like Lopez. This ties directly into three-point shooting, as Lopez shot 37.4% on nearly five attempts per contest. Having him space the floor leaves a wide-open paint for Westbrook to attack and kick the ball out if needed.