The Los Angeles Clippers are going to enter next NBA season as one of the favorites in the Western Conference. Since being led by their new regime, they have been highly regarded in the league but have been unable to accomplish their goal. That could change this season with just a few moving parts.
Kawhi Leonard opted out of his contract with the Clippers, which was to be expected. He ended up signing a new deal that paid him more over the next four years. This was a business move for Leonard and he never had any intention of leaving Los Angeles.
The duo of Leonard and Paul George are still intact and the Clippers have a chance to be elite once again. They finished as the fourth seed in the Western Conference this season and made a run to the conference finals.
There are not many moves that need to be made in Los Angeles but that does not mean that they should sit on their hands. If they are looking to make another move, the Orlando Magic could be an intriguing trade partner. This is a front office that has been busy over the last few months.
Orlando decided to sell at the NBA trade deadline and put themselves into complete rebuilding mode. That notion can continue by sending away some players that are not part of the future.
That is what the magic decided to do at the deadline and they can continue that here. Let’s take a look at what a potential deal between the Magic and Clippers might look like in the offseason.
Los Angeles Clippers: C Mo Bamba, G Terrence Ross
Orlando Magic Receive: G Luke Kennard, C Ivica Zubac, G Keon Johnson, 2022 Second Round Pick
The Orlando Magic seem to have two players that are in relatively similar situations in Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba. They have been injury-plagued players that have been unable to make an impact in Orlando.
Of course, Isaac has contributed quite a bit more in his young NBA career as Bamba has struggled to earn playing time behind Nikola Vucevic. There have been flashes from Bamba during his time on the floor but he hasn’t put it together consistently.