KEY POINTS

  • The LA Clippers can use the services of a big man like Aron Baynes
  • Aron Baynes is averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds this season
  • Phoenix Suns do not have Baynes on the trading block but are still open to offers 

The LA Clippers are on the rise as one of the teams to look out for in the Western Conference. With the major acquisition of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the superstar duo has been terrific when playing with each other.

The two are at 14-4 when they share the court together and have been consistent on both ends of the floor. But the question remains if the two can stay healthy and lead their team to a title.

The Clippers are in third place of the Western Conference with a 31-14 record. They already have the additional offensive firepower for the superstar duo with Lou Williams. With load management and injuries of their superstars as a concern, it’s the center position that might be a better focus for the team in the long run.

Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell hold the realm in the Clippers’ frontcourt with Harrell averaging 19.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Harrell was recently caught in a tension, as he was upset with how the LA Clippers aren’t a “great team”.

While head coach Doc Rivers was not happy with Harrell’s comments, the LA Clippers still have options to play around their roster. One player that teams have had their eyes on is Phoenix Suns big man Aron Baynes.

He has increased his value throughout the year as he stepped up when Deandre Ayton served his 25-game suspension. He’s averaging 11.5 points and close to 6 rebounds per game. Beyond these, he’s been a threat on the defensive side and has developed into a pick and pop threat.

The question remains is if the Clippers have the assets that will fit the Phoenix Suns. Montrezl Harrell isn’t necessarily the three-point sniper that stretches the floor as compared to Aron Baynes.

In addition, it will take a lot more to have the Phoenix Suns give up Baynes. The organization recently shared that they aren’t actively shipping the Australian big man. Although the Suns are open to offers, the Clippers might need to offer a bit more firepower to secure the coveted 6 foot 10 center.