The Los Angeles Clippers still look to be a piece away from supplanting the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs for the class of the conference, and should be looking to make a splash at the trade deadline.
Unfortunately, the Clippers are cash strapped and cannot afford to take on much salary given the new collective bargaining agreement. Although they have a $2.6 million trade exception from the Eric Bledsoe trade, the Clips have limited options.
They certainly have valuable trading chips in guys like Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and rookie Reggie Bullock. Nevertheless, given the injuries to guys like J.J. Redick and Chris Paul this season, it would be surprising to see the Clips shake it up and deal one of their integral rotation players.
DeAndre Jordan likely would have been on the block in years past, but his improved play appears to have "Lob City" set at the center position. Dudley and Bullock are the most likely to be dealt.
What might the Clips decide to do at the deadline? Will they make a move at all or wait for a veteran to be bought out of his contract?
We will take a look at the two positions that the Clips could use an upgrade at, and then provide three potential trade scenarios.