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Clippers ready to hook a big fish in the East?

Determined to contend for the league title in 2022-23, the Clippers are open to all possibilities. This also includes making trades during the season, and the Yachtsmen would especially think about attracting a player from the Eastern Conference in their net.

While their Lakers rivals have started the season well and are second to last in the West, the Clippers aren’t doing so badly on their side. With 11 wins and 8 losses, they are currently in sixth place in their conference. However, last night’s defeat against the Warriors (124-107) prevented them from entering the Top 5. But all is not perfect for Tyronn Lue’s men after about twenty games.

First, Californians must continue to deal with the repeated absences of Kawhi Leonard. Back in 2022-23 after a blank year due to injury, the winger is far from recovered and has played just five short games since resuming. Not easy for the coaching staff… But beyond the case of the two-time champion, it is especially the internal sector of the franchise that poses a problem.

In fact, the angelino racket does not give complete satisfaction, even after trying tactical bets like switching Nicolas Batum as a pivot. Except the Frenchman hasn’t been at his best for a few games with especially an offensive production at half-stick. As for Ivica Zubac, he does what he can (10 points and 11 rebounds average), but if he is particularly brave, it might be too little against the giants of the league.

Under these conditions, it is therefore hardly surprising that the name of the Sailboats comes up frequently in transfer rumours, especially when it comes to big men. According to Sam Amico of Hoops Wire, they would have set their sights on one profile in particular, that of Clint Capela. Free agent at the end of the season, the Swiss may well leave the Hawks, and LA will then represent a destination for him.

Clippers interested in Clint Capela

The Clippers could try their luck at Clint Capela, according to Sam Amico.

Be careful though, GM Lawrence Frank will have to be imaginative to negotiate a trade with Atlanta. Because with a salary of up to $18 million this season, Capela is not free either, and the managers of the Clipp’s must therefore find a balance between what he can bring them and what they are ready to sacrifice in exchange. In the race for the title, the smallest upheaval in the chemistry of a group can make all the difference.

In pursuit of an upgrade to the pivot position, the Clippers would have made Clint Capela their priority target. Able to shoot from the mid-range as well as from circle to circle, the Hawks big man would be an interesting addition to Tyronn Lue’s roster.



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