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

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1. DeMar DeRozan

Before DeMar DeRozan signed with Chicago, it was rumored that he had interest in suiting up for the LA Clippers. This would have been a lethal trio, as DeRozan is among the best scorers in the NBA. However, what tends to get overlooked is his improved three-point jumper.

Furthermore, dating back to DeRozan’s time with the Spurs, he was nothing but a liability from beyond the arc. In fact, during his first season in San Antonio, the former USC product shot 15.6% from three. This meant you could leave him wide open, and he would still miss.

As time passed, these numbers did not translate with the Chicago Bulls. In 2021-22, DeRozan managed to shoot 35.2% from a distance in 77 games. He followed that up with a three-point percentage of 32.4 in 2022-23. Although the efficiencies dropped by a noticeable amount, DeRozan has proven that he can make you pay if you give him space.

Moreover, the LA Clippers do not have anything to worry about when it comes to DeRozan’s offensive package. He can easily score at all three levels and is one of the best finishers in the NBA. Not to mention he is long and athletic, which makes it easy for him to guard the perimeter.

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In regards to a trade package, the LA Clippers’ front office will likely give Chicago Norman Powell, Robert Covington, and a second-round pick. This seems quite fair, as DeRozan will be a free agent next off-season. If LA does not manage to re-sign him, this trade will result in a five-month trial.