Although the LA Clippers are stacked with superstars, the power forward position is undoubtedly one they need to improve on. P.J. Tucker was supposed to fill that void, but it became clear early on that his playstyle did not match what LA was looking for.
Moreover, Head Coach Tyronn Lue turned to Kobe Brown for a stretch of games. Though he did not disappoint, the Clippers needed more from that position. They require a guy who can defend any position and knock down the three-ball at a high clip. Fortunately, a player of that nature will be available in the coming weeks for the right price.
Furthermore, it is rumored that Herb Jones, a defensive stud for the New Orleans Pelicans, could become available at the trade deadline. This is perfect for the Clippers’ front office as they have several pieces that may attract a young team like New Orleans.
The Clippers should have their eyes locked on Herb Jones at the trade deadline.
If the Clippers were to trade for Herb Jones, they would instantly become the best defensive team in the league. They would have size, length, and quick feet on that end of the floor. Additionally, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George wouldn’t be asked to guard the opposing team’s best player every night.
On that note, Clipper fans know how elite Jones can be on defense. However, he has also improved his scoring and efficiency over the years as well. The University of Alabama product is averaging 10.9 points, 3.6 boards, and 2.5 assists this season, shooting nearly 40% from the three-point line. This is extremely impressive for a player who plays under 30 minutes a night.
A potential trade could look like this: the Clippers receive Jones for a package that consists of Terance Mann, Brandon Boston Jr., and a second-round pick. This works out very well for the Pelicans as they land two quality players and a pick that may hold some potential.
That said, Jones in the starting lineup would terrify opponents on both ends of the floor. This is a quality role player the franchise hasn’t seen in years. Not to mention, he is only 25 years old with a bright future ahead of him. If the Clippers were able to acquire the defensive stud without giving up any of their core pieces, they would be smart to jump at the opportunity.