Like other NBA teams bursting at the salary cap seams, the L.A. Clippers don’t have much purchasing power when it comes to free agents this offseason. But they do have two things going for them:
A talented and playoff-tested roster that reached the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history and came within two games (and a busted Kawhi Leonard knee) of playing on the NBA’s main stage.
The wish of other teams to get something — anything — instead of just cap space for certain free agents likely be elsewhere next season.
And both could be key factors in the Clippers landing a relatively big fish in a sign-and-trade scenario this summer.
At least that’s the thinking of Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, who recently wrote up a trade that would add four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan to the Clippers roster.
The trade proposed by Buckley would send center Ivica Zubac and sharpshooter Luke Kennard to San Antonio in exchange for DeRozan, who would need to agree to a sign-and-trade in order to make the deal possible.