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Pels Make a Big Splash to Become Serious Title Contenders, Clips get a "Point Guard" for their Duo, Blazers Start the Rebuild


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Clippers

Clippers

+1 player ($33.3m),
Cap Impact + $2.5M
  • CJ McCollum
    CJ McCollum
    SG, 6' 3", 0.33 LEBRON
    Secondary Ball Handler

    $33.3M

    2yrs

    19

+ 0  Wins

-21.78  MPG

+2.58  Off.

-0.23  Def.

Pelicans

Pelicans

+1 player ($42.5m),
Cap Impact - $9.1M
  • Damian Lillard
    Damian Lillard
    PG, 6' 2", 2.13 LEBRON
    Shot Creator

    $42.4M

    3yrs

    25

-7  Wins

-46.60  MPG

-0.39  Off.

+1.30  Def.

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

+4 players ($32.8m) +4 picks,
Cap Impact + $6.6M
  • Luke Kennard
    Luke Kennard
    SG, 6' 5", -0.2 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $14.4M

    3yrs

    13
  • Devonte' Graham
    Devonte' Graham
    PG, 6' 1", 0.57 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $11.5M

    3yrs

    19
  • Jaxson Hayes

    TO

    Jaxson Hayes
    C, 6' 11", 0.3 LEBRON
    Team Option | Roll + Cut Big

    $6.8M

    1yr

    19
  • Marcus Morris Sr.
    Marcus Morris Sr.
    PF, 6' 8", -1.82 LEBRON
    Shot Creator

    $16.3M

    2yrs

    13
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    via LAL
    #8
    19
  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 1

    13
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    via LAL
    19
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 1

    19

+7  Wins

+68.38  MPG

-2.19  Off.

-1.07  Def.

Portland Trail Blazers fans should meet this modification with a shrug. They’re impartial to the Clippers’ inclusion here. The New Orleans Pelicans may stand to benefit from it.

They avoid reuniting Lillard and McCollum. Whether that’s a positive depends on your vantage point, but I’d wager the Pels would be better off with defensive ace Herb Jones suiting up alongside Lillard in the backcourt.

Here, the LA Clippers land McCollum instead. They need a point guard, but McCollum will suffice. We saw him play that role for the Pelicans with some success this year.

This, of course, is exactly why this deal improbable. The New Orleans Pelicans could easily favor continuity over parting with assets to land Lillard. That would be reasonable, but if they want to make a big splash, acquiring Lillard would certainly qualify.


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