2023-2024 Clipper Team - Kwahi, PG, Westbrook AND ***Harden*** - lol!!

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2023 1:19 pm    Post subject: 2023-2024 Clipper Team - Kwahi, PG, Westbrook AND ***Harden*** - lol!!

With The Beard exercising his Player Option with the purpose of facilitating a trade - possibly to the Clippers - imagine this projected lineup

Harden
Westbrook
Paul George
Kwahi
Zubac

Who will pass the ball
Will anybody pass the ball
How will Kwahi play at least 20 games (load management)
Who will rebound Westbrook’s countless missed shots?
Can Paul George play more then 42 games
How bad will Harden fade/disappear during crunch time
What can TLue (lame duck HC) do to motivate the stars
Bench will be productive - how (since they will be “hard capped”
Westbrook will accept a lower salary?

It will be a fascinating NBA story/stories since Harden to PG to Kwahi will be commuted for four years at Max Contract levels with Balmer paying more taxes than for contracts

At the end of the day, can they realistically beat the Nuggets - No

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10076502-woj-james-harden-picks-up-356m-contract-option-76ers-will-explore-trades-for-star
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2023 4:19 pm    Post subject:

Official - Westbrook is a Clipper
https://global.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/37946453/clippers-russell-westbrook-agree-2-year-78-million-deal
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2023 4:24 pm    Post subject:

Regarding Harden

“ Furthermore, as our Sam Quinn detailed, the Clippers have a number of mid-level salaries that would be easy to aggregate in a trade. Nic Batum, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, Norman Powell and Ivica Zubac all make between $10-18M. They could also offer Terance Mann as an intriguing younger player. Whether sacrificing their depth for Harden is a good idea is certainly up for discussion, but logistically they could make the deal work.

On the court, the Clippers have been desperate for a point guard to take some of the playmaking responsibilities off of Leonard and George, which is one of the reasons they picked up Westbrook from the buyout market last season. Harden has always been a brilliant passer, and settled into more of a facilitator role last season with the Sixers, leading the league with 10.7 assists per game. He also fits the more methodical and deliberate pace the Clippers like to play at, especially in the halfcourt.”
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/james-harden-trade-rumors-clippers-kawhi-leonard-and-paul-george-on-board-with-potential-deal/amp/

Fascinating Upcoming Potential Matchups with Kwahi, PG, Westbrook and Harden
* Suns with KD, Booker and Beal - defense will be played - lol
* Heat with Dame (potentially), Jimmy Buckets and Bam
* Mavs with Luka and Kyrie (one-on-one plays throughout the game)
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