The Los Angeles Clippers put together a successful 2019-20 NBA season, but it ended with an embarrassing collapse against the Denver Nuggets after having a 3-1 series lead. Doc Rivers has been ousted as head coach and the Clippers could make some roster moves. Rudy Gay might end up being a potential trade target for L.A.
Bleacher Report took a look at the perfect trade target for the Clippers and they believe that would be Gay. Here is the reasoning they gave for why Gay to Los Angeles would be the perfect move.
Over the last two seasons, Gay tops Morris in box plus/minus, true shooting percentage, rebounding percentage, assist percentage, block percentage and steal percentage. He could provide value similar to Morris’ as a catch-and-shoot option while bringing plenty more to other facets of the game.
Basically, they believe that Gay would be a big upgrade over Marcus Morris. He could provide excellent depth behind both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
During the 2019-20 NBA season with the San Antonio Spurs, Gay ended up averaging 10.8 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals. He shot 44.6 percent from the floor and knocked down 33.6 percent of his three-point attempts.
If the Clippers want to take the next step, they need a more reliable team. Granted, a lot of that has to come from Paul George, who struggled mightily during the playoffs, but adding more quality depth would make sense.
Gay also would not be too expensive for the Clippers to afford. They don’t have a ton of money to spend, but they could figure out a way to match salaries in order to bring the veteran forward onboard.
Expect to hear quite a few rumors surrounding the Clippers this offseason. They need to find a replacement for Rivers first and then Rudy Gay could be a name to keep an eye on this offseason in a potential trade.