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A Point Guard Option for the Clippers Next Season

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A Point Guard Option for the Clippers Next Season
Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

After a disappointing end to the 2019-20 season, the Clippers fired longtime head coach Doc Rivers and will revamp their roster. Adding a new point guard is a must and Kawhi Leonard has requested them to do so. The Clippers recently hired former assistant Tyronn Lue to be their new head coach, beginning what should be an active offseason.

What the Clippers Need the Most and Why

Led by two-time NBA champion Kawhi Leonard and six-time NBA All-Star Paul George, the Clippers will compete again but they need a creator, someone with a playmaking presence who can score in the playoffs when the games get tight and getting buckets becomes tough.

The Clippers lacked offensive flow, they need a set closer because their defense fell apart when shots didn’t fall. Their championship-caliber core is promising but they missed that piece. Tweaking their roster a bit can lead to an NBA Championship. BetOnline and Bovada gave the Clippers the second-best NBA odds to win the championship next season, only behind the Lakers.

Kawhi Leonard Wants the Clippers to Sign a Point Guard

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that Leonard asked the Clippers front office for an upgrade at point guard. “They clearly need a point guard,” Smith explained. “Everybody knows it and Kawhi Leonard privately has clamored for one. It’s not that he wants them to get rid of Patrick Beverley, but Patrick Beverley is basically a defensive ace who’s small and has to play opposing guards. So, they need a point guard that can run a team and can shoot.”

Jamal Murray torched the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs, averaging 29.0 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 54.3 percent from the field in the last three games, including his 40 points in Game 7. Beverley couldn’t contain Murray and struggled on offense (minus-1.1 Offensive Box Plus/Minus in the playoffs). Smith and Leonard agree with me, the Clippers desperately need someone to run their offense and lighten the scoring load.

Goran Dragic is a Realistic Free Agent Target Who Can Help

The Clippers need a new offense, flow and structure that can allow Leonard and George to dominate each night. An injury cost Goran Dragic a chance to win a championship and he wants another shot at one. Many teams will go after him, including the Heat and whoever signs him deserves serious consideration for next year’s NBA picks.

Dragic knows he could have been that extra 15-20 points for the Heat and the alternate guy to Jimmy Butler who gets in the lane to free up shooters. He would have made the Lakers’ defense move. A healthy Dragic is a difference-maker.

Dragic’s shot creating/playmaking presence down the stretch could do wonders for the Clippers against tight defensive pressure. He has handles, a decent shot, confidence and swagger. Miami missed him a lot because they ran out of gas offensively once the Lakers keyed in on Jimmy Butler and ran the shooters off the line. If I’m the Clippers I would do all I can to sign him.