3 Free agents Clippers should round out roster with after Harden trade

LA Clippers, Will Barton. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Clippers, Will Barton
LA Clippers, Will Barton. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Will Barton

Barton was a starter and key rotation player for the Nuggets in 2022. Denver’s trade for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was a key transaction on the way to their championship, and it cost them Barton. The 6’6 wing ended up in the nation’s capital before bouncing to Toronto. He struggled in both places and is still a free agent.

Barton worked out for multiple teams this summer, but could not land a gig. He is a career 35.5 percent 3-point shooter who has shown some scoring and playmaking chops. His defense is subpar and Barton struggled to get buckets last season, but the 32-year-old should not be completely washed.

The Clippers would prefer Warren’s size, but whenever Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are out, they will need help on the wing. Can Barton pass Amir Coffey, Bones Hyland, and Kobe Brown in the rotation to get those minutes? The veteran would certainly be a more trusted option down the stretch and into the playoffs, given the other’s youth.

Will Barton shot under 40 percent from the field last season, and it impacted the rest of his game. Does he have his offense figured out? If not, it could be a short stay wherever he lands. Still, the 6’6 wing is one of the best free agents available, and they should certainly give him a look.

The LA Clippers face a hefty luxury tax bill, so they could leave their final roster spot open until the trade deadline. It will be interesting to see what moves the franchise has left to make and how things fit with James Harden, so stay tuned.