The Los Angeles Clippers have been connected to the Bulls amid reports that they are interested in the services of veteran forward Thaddeus Young. And now it appears they may be looking for some solid guard help as well.
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is expected to miss a few games with his right wrist sprain, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2019
Chicago native Patrick Beverley will be out for at least a few games due to a right wrist sprain. He suffered the sprain in Saturday night's loss to the Utah Jazz while attempting a layup on Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
While Beverley is only slated to be out a few games with the sprain, the injury has worried head coach Doc Rivers. Before the diagnosis came out, Rivers stated: "He clearly felt like he could not even grab the ball, so that is not a good sign."
So even once Beverley comes back, the Clippers will likely still be looking for worthwhile additions to bolster their backcourt depth. This season outside of Beverley, only Lou Williams and second-year player Jerome Robinson have played at least 10% of their minutes at point guard via Basketball-Reference.
The Clippers also have rookie Terance Mann, who is a physical defender but more of a 2-guard. They also have second-year guard and absolute knockdown shooter Landy Shamet (career 41.8% 3-point shooter) but he profiles more as an off guard than a ballhandler/playmaker.
The Bulls possess several guards who fit the mold of what Doc Rivers (a Chicago native himself) likes in a player, names like Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison. Chicago also has a trusted veteran in Tomas Satoransky (5.3 assists and 2.1 turnovers per game), who would instantly become the only natural playmaker on the Clips' roster, allowing Williams (career-best 6.3 assists per game) and Kawhi Leonard (career-best 5.1 assists per game) to focus more on defense and their scoring duties.
As the trade winds continue to swirl, the Clippers will continue to be a team for Bulls fans to monitor.
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