3 way-too-early trade deadline targets for the LA Clippers

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2. Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz’s scoring, playmaking, and defense seem parallel to what the LA Clippers need to work on. Primarily off the bench, his two-way mentality would ultimately put LA in a position to win more games. Additionally, Fultz has developed a decent three-point shot, backing up why he would be even more of a threat for Tyronn Lue and the rest of the squad.

Moreover, Fultz recently had the best season of his six-year career. On top of averaging 14.0 points on 51.4% shooting, the former Washington star posted 5.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds. This is a significant improvement from where he was in his rookie season, which capitalizes on his work ethic and dedication to his craft.

What must be noted is where the Orlando Magic are headed in terms of their rebuild. Though Fultz may only be 25, the Magic may choose to part ways due to how many point guards they currently have. With Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony, and Anthony Black in the rotation, Fultz will have a limited role off the bench.

On that note, LA could offer a veteran like Marcus Morris Sr. and a second-round pick to acquire the 2017 first-overall draft choice. This makes sense for both parties, as Fultz is on an expiring contract. In addition, Orlando receives a return rather than letting him walk in the 2024 off-season.

Conversely, Morris Sr. would thrive with the Magic. Although his primary duty would be to mentor guys like Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, Morris Sr. would find himself with a limitless role off the bench. This is the ideal scenario for him at this stage in his career.