Over the final two days of All-Star weekend, the Clippers found themselves in the headlines linked to trades that would send young players out for veteran frontcourt help.
Saturday, a report from Yahoo Sports had the Clippers in talks with Boston for All-Star Kevin Garnett, and Sunday, an ESPN report tied the Clippers to the Utah Jazz in a deal that would send out Eric Bledsoe as part of a package that would net Paul Millsap in return.
Millsap, who is averaging more than 15 points and 7 rebounds a game, is a free agent after this season.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday at noon.
Vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks was at Sunday’s game in Houston, and he’s well aware of the rumors surrounding his team.
“We’re listening,” he said. “But we love our team. If there’s something out there that makes us better, we’ll do it.”
According to sources, the Clippers aren’t in any advanced trade discussions at this time, but the team could be aggressive at the deadline.
The Clippers entered the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak after getting Chauncey Billups back into the lineup. If the team doesn’t find a suitable deal, the Clippers would be comfortable standing pat because of the versatility of the current roster provided by the team’s depth.
Also, the team doesn’t feel like they have to trade Bledsoe now, as he’s under contract through next season. Also, Chris Paul is an unrestricted free agent this summer, though he’s expected to re-sign.
As far as the Garnett deal goes, the Yahoo report had the Clippers sending Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan to Boston. The Celtics asked for a similar package last season for Ray Allen. Garnett, who has a no-trade clause, has stated his preference to remain with the Celtics.
Clippers plan to listen at trade deadline
Orange County Register | Feb 18