2. Dubs take a swing on PG13
The Clippers are 9-10 to start the season and are 3-3 in their last six. They traded for James Harden and are all-in on winning. They have four stars and no qualms about spending, but what if their top-heavy roster fails? LA certainly does not want to go through the Play-In Tournament. If they are hanging around .500 at the deadline, they could look to make moves.
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and Harden can all become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2024. The Clippers are heading into a new arena and want to contend. Could they acquire Klay Thompson and a first-round pick to better fit their roster?
This would be a massive gamble for Golden State. PG13 is still elite when he is on the floor, but the 33-year-old has not played more than 56 games in a season since 2017. Several different injuries have been to blame, and teams are worried about George being healthy when the games matter most.
He is an upgrade over Klay Thompson at this stage, especially on the defensive end of the floor. The Warriors would not want George guarding the best player on the other team for 40-plus minutes a night, but he will create steals and can match up against anyone.
This may get the Warriors into title contention or doom their season, but that is a risk they might take if Thompson continues to struggle.