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The Clippers may be hesitant to deal for Crawford but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a good deal.
In the days leading up to the start of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers, already boosted by the acquisition of Chris Paul, made another key move.
They grabbed Chauncey Billups after the Knicks had released him using their amnesty clause.
Adding Billups was a smart move. The Clippers could not only use his valuable veteran experience, but the team as comprised was also lacking a reliable half-court offensive presence. Putting Billups on the floor also adds a great free throw shooter to handle the ball down the stretch in close games.
The plan looked to be working like a charm until Billups went down for the season with a torn achilles tendon.
Watching the Clippers play basketball now, the evidence of Billups absence is blatant. The team struggles in the half court and lacks a reliable spot-up shooter.
If the Clippers are serious about making a deep playoff run then they're going to need to replace Billups, and that means acquiring a shooting guard who can score without having to be a part of "lob-city".
The Clippers are rumored to be hesitant to part with backup point guard Eric Bledsoe, whose name most often comes up in trade talks, but if the result of a deal is bringing in a player like Jamal Crawford or Ray Allen, then it might be worth it.
Los Angeles' concerns are valid. Both Crawford and Allen are likely "rentals" in that they're both free agents following this season. Bledsoe meanwhile is a very promising 20-year-old point guard signed at a reasonable price for an extended period of time.
The team is also concerned that Chris Paul will walk as a free agent and leave the team high and dry without a point guard. One way to insure that Paul will walk as a free agent would be to show a lack of commitment to winning.
A deal for a needed shooting guard is a necessary sacrifice with the Western Conference there for the taking this season.