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NBA Trade Rumors: The dream starting 5 for the LA Clippers going into the 2020-21 season

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Modified 02 Oct 2020, 05:00 IST
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Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

Kawhi Leonard is one of the top five players in the NBA and will continue to be the leader of the LA Clippers. Outside of a few games in the playoffs, Leonard has been exceptional throughout the year on both ends of the floor.

The Klaw made the All-NBA and All-Defensive second teams this year and averaged 27.1 points per game. But he'll be under immense pressure to deliver next year as the LA Clippers head towards a 'championship or bust' season in 2020-21.


Power Forward: Marcus Morris Sr.

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

The New York Knicks sent Marcus Morris to the LA Clippers last year as part of a three-team trade. Even though his points and minutes per game dropped significantly in Los Angeles, his presence added the much-needed size and strength to the Clippers' defense.

The 32-year-old will be a free agent in the offseason and the LA Clippers are expected to re-sign him on a short-term deal as they look to turn their fortunes around in 2021.


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Center: Myles Turner

Sacramento Kings v Indiana Pacers
Sacramento Kings v Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are going through a crisis of their own after getting swept in the first round of the playoffs. According to a recent NBA trade rumor, their 24-year-old center, Myles Turner, might be on his way out this offseason. The LA Clippers can try to land the center in exchange for guys like Montrezl Harrel (after a sign-and-trade) and Landry Shemet.

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LA Clippers lack the size and skill on the defensive end to stop guys like Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic in the paint. Turner is one of the best shot-blocking bigs in the league and can elevate the Clippers' defense to the next level. His ability to shoot the 3s will also come in handy and might give his team an edge over teams like the LA Lakers in 2021.


Also read: NBA Trade Options: Best and worst scenarios for Carmelo Anthony

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Published 02 Oct 2020, 05:00 IST
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