Grade the trade: Clippers shockingly land Trae Young in wild proposal

LA Clippers, Trae Young. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Clippers are at a crucial crossroads in the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George era. They acquired the two superstars to become instant and annual title contenders, but have won just three playoff series in four years. Both are entering the final season on their contract before a player option, and the Clippers must consider splitting them up.

Owner Steve Ballmer will have zero interest in taking a step backward, especially with the team’s new arena slated to open up in time for the 2024-25 season. He will likely try to upgrade their roster before the deadline and hope his two superstars can stay healthy.

Whether or not the Clippers sign up for long-term deals with Kawhi and PG13, they should be looking for youth and talent. LA needs a point guard and would love to add a star to boost their title odds.

Can the LA Clippers get a third star around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George?

The Clippers have two first-round picks, two first-round swaps, and four second-round selections available to trade, plus five expiring contracts to use as matching salary. It is not the biggest haul on the market, but it is enough to add some youth and talent to their roster. LA does not want to decimate their depth, so they may have to get creative in any deal.

Fans have heard the James Harden rumors, but there has been little traction on a deal. Damian Lillard and Pascal Siakam are out of the Clippers price, but other All-Stars will become available as the trade deadline approaches.

The LA Clippers need a point guard and several could be available. Trae Young might be on the block if the Hawks struggle out of the gate. It may be LA’s chance to get younger and add a third star, but what would it take?