The Los Angeles Clippers are currently one of the favorites to win the 2021 NBA title. With the improvements shown by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, most people believe that the Clippers are in a better position to reach the NBA Finals and bring home their first Larry O'Brien Trophy this year. However, to further boost their chances of beating Western Conference rivals like the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz, the Clippers will likely continue to find ways to improve their supporting cast around George and Leonard.
Clippers Seeking Backcourt Upgrade
One of the areas that they are eyeing to improve is the point guard position. Since the 2020 offseason, rumors have circulated that Leonard is urging the team to add a starting-caliber floor general to their roster. Since the report spread around the league, the Clippers have been linked to several point guards who are rumored to be available on the trade market, including George Hill of the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Kevin Pelton of ESPN, the Clippers could acquire Hill before the 2021 trade deadline by engaging in a four-team deal with the Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Charlotte Hornets.
The Four-Team Trade
In the proposed trade scenario by Pelton, the Clippers would receive Hill, the Sixers would get Lou Williams and Mike Muscala, the Thunder would acquire Tony Bradley, Mfiondu Kabengele, Mike Scott, and a 2021 first-round pick, and the Hornets would obtain Terrance Ferguson and some cash consideration. If the trade becomes a reality, Pelton believes that it would benefit all the teams involved. While the Hornets and the Thunder would be getting more assets that would help them speed up the rebuilding process, the suggested trade could turn the Clippers and the Sixers into more competitive teams in their respective conferences.
George Hill As Clippers Starting PG
Hill may not be on the same level as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard, but he would still be a great addition to the Clippers. He wouldn't just give them a traditional point guard, but also someone who has experience playing in the NBA Finals. Aside from lessening the burden on George and Leonard's shoulders in terms of playmaking and ballhandling, he could also help in scoring and floor-spacing.
This season, the 34-year-old point guard is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 assists while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.
Sixers Get Backcourt Help
Like the Clippers, the Sixers are also rumored to be searching for backcourt improvement on the trade market. As of now, they are being linked to Philadephia native and Toronto Raptors superstar Kyle Lowry. If Lowry wouldn't be available before the 2021 trade deadline, Pelton believes that Williams wouldn't be a bad Plan B for the Sixers.
"A return to Philadelphia for Williams could be a fit if a bigger deal for Lowry doesn't work out," Pelton wrote. "The three-time Sixth Man of the Year would help carry the Sixers' offense with Joel Embiid on the bench and is capable of being a late-game playmaker, too."