Grade the trade: Clippers snag All-Star wing in proposed blockbuster

LA Clippers, DeMar DeRozan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
LA Clippers, DeMar DeRozan. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Clippers should be all-in for the upcoming season. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both have player options next summer, and things have not worked in Los Angeles. One or both could look to move on? The Clippers want to take another shot with their two superstars, and they are looking to add to their mix. Fans have seen Norman Powell floated in trade rumors, and Marcus Morris deals being proposed, but can the Clippers add another star?

Fans have heard the James Harden rumors, but does LA want the Beard to pair with Kawhi and PG? Harden is on the decline, but the Clippers need a ball-handler and playmaker to run the offense. They brought back Russell Westbrook, but are still looking to upgrade.

The Bulls want to make moves, and DeMar DeRozan could become available. Does he fit with the Clippers? How would he impact their 2024 title odds?

Do the LA Clippers want another All-Star wing?

The Clippers have been all-in on adding wing depth in recent years. From trading for Eric, Gordon, Norman Powell, Robert Covington, and Paul George, LA is never shy about upgrading at the league’s most valued position.

It gives head coach Tyronn Lue versatility and the ability to switch everything, especially in the playoffs. The Clippers can play small and spread the floor around his two stars. Imagine adding a third marquee name to that calculus.

Damian Lillard is the best name on the market, but LA is still feeling the effects of their trade for Paul George. Can the Clippers acquire DeRozan from the Bulls? He is a better defender and a more versatile option than Harden, despite the Beard being the bigger star. Bleacher Report outlined a potential package in their latest piece to land DeRozan back home in California.