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Report: Clippers exploring trading Jamal Crawford for first rounder to flip for Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo, Jamal Crawford

Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo, left, works against Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Denver. The Nuggets defeated the Clippers 109-106. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


The Clippers have discussed trading for Arron Afflalo, and another Nugget on the block – Wilson Chandler – would also help in Los Angeles.

But obviously, neither Denver wing has been dealt.

So what now for the Clippers?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

the Clippers have probed the market with Jamal Crawford to see if there’s a way to acquire a first-round pick that could help them make a competitive offer to Denver for Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo, league sources said. The Clippers have also had a continuing interest with Phoenix’s Gerald Green, sources said.

The Clippers need a wing player so badly, they even took a hard look at Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson in recent weeks, sending a scout to observe him for two games, league sources said. The Clippers moved on, without pursuing serious discussions.

The Clippers are trying to be like the man who traded a paper clip for a house (with a series of smaller trade-ups between). But it rarely works that way in the NBA, especially not a day before the trade deadline.

The Nuggets don’t want Crawford for Chandler or Afflalo – not because Crawford doesn’t fit in Denver (though he doesn’t), but because Crawford is not as valuable as those two. Other teams know Crawford’s value too, and they’re not going to trade a first rounder for him.

Green might be more attainable, but if the Suns trade Goran Dragic, that could open more playing time for Green.

The Clippers just don’t have the means to pursue players of this caliber. Los Angeles is up against a hard cap and has already traded their 2015 first rounder to the Celtics and another future first rounder to the Bucks.

There’s nothing wrong with swinging for the fences with a trade, but far more likely than not, the Clippers will have to settle for scouring the buyout market for wing help.