• The Los Angeles Clippers are not bent on exploring the James Harden deal
  • Clips see Paul George as part of their long-term plans
  • Clips could acquire Harden through a short-term deal

James Harden is looking for a new home. With the Brooklyn Nets out of the way, the Los Angeles Clippers have now been added to the list.

However, the only plausible player to deal out would be Paul George.

After failing to score a single point in their last game against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semi-finals, the 30-year-old has been getting criticism.

Aside from that, he built tension with teammate Montrezl Harrell. Hence, it would make sense to hear his name as potential trade bait for Harden.

However, Sam Amick of The Athletic may have shut that down, with the Clippers allegedly considering the six-time All-Star to be part of their long term plans.

But the real fate of the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player may depend on how he performs this 2020-21 season.

Looking at his stats, George is not in a downward spiral. In 48 games, he averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Though it's good and acceptable, the problem with him is consistency.

George is in the final year of his deal together with Kawhi Leonard. Between the two, the latter has better chances of being locked in.

Though the Clippers seem content with George, his current deal could be something worth thinking about.

George may have gone on record telling that he prefers to retire as a Clipper, but the decision still falls on the laps of the organization's front office. It's worth noting that he is eligible for a contract extension on Dec. 21.

Harden could provide the Clips on the offensive end, giving Leonard the help he needs. However, it may be a short-term fix since it may only be good for the coming NBA season.

Paul George and James Harden
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles past Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers Getty Images | Sean M. Haffey