Predicting the Clippers' perfect starting lineup after ideal offseason

The Clippers must nail this offseason if they want to stay in contention.
LA Clippers, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden
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SF: Kawhi Leonard

Leonard agreed to a fresh three-year deal worth $149.6 million. He is now under contract until 2027 and not going anywhere without forcing his way out of town.

Kawhi played 68 games, which was his most in a season since 2017. It was just the second time he played 60 or more over the last seven years.

It would be a call of optimism, but Leonard missed the final eight regular season games with a knee injury and appeared in just two playoff contests. With a history of problems, fans have to be worried. There won’t be any information, so it is just a wait-and-see.

Leonard was still elite. He averaged 23.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game. It helped him be named second-team All-NBA and make his sixth career All-Star appearance.

Kawhi Leonard is one of the best players in the world, but it has been difficult for the Clippers to count on him. He has not finished a season healthy since the bubble in 2020. LA cannot win in the playoffs without their best player, which further complicates this matter.

All the LA Clippers can do is hope Kawhi stays healthy and improve their roster around him. They need another starter and may be able to trade for a 3-and-D wing to round things out.