The Los Angeles Clippers have been cruising along for the majority of the 2013-14 NBA season and got a major boost the week prior to All-Star Weekend with the return of Chris Paul to the lineup after missing a few weeks with a separated shoulder. Now the Clippers are looking to climb higher in the Western Conference standings after the break.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers’ plan of action leading up to the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline is to pursue depth for their frontcourt to play behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Wojnarowski reports that both the Clippers front office and head coach Doc Rivers are “on the search” for a player that could fill that void.
A later report from Ken Berger of CBS Sports elaborated on the Clippers’ intentions in their hunt for another quality big man. Berger reports that the Clippers are willing to deal Jared Dudley or possibly Matt Barnes in a deal to land a frontcourt player, in addition to throwing in either Byron Mullens or Antawn Jamison to land a guy they’d be interested in.
No names have surfaced in connection to the Clippers since the reports on their course of action coming up to the deadline. However, the Clippers are in the right frame of mind in their pursuit of another big man. Griffin and Jordan have taken their respective games to new heights this season, but they can’t play 48 minutes a night and having to play guys like Mullens and Ryan Hollins isn’t exactly good for wins and losses in the postseason. It remains to be seen if anything will materialize, but a move like this could vault the Clippers into being a contender in the West.