Yesterday we looked at the non-playoff teams out East. Today we will head back to the Western Conference teams that look like they are out of the running already.
Currently the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets are tied for the 7th and 8th playoffs spots. Hovering around .500 are the Portland Trailblazers, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves. We have to assume these teams will looking to add a piece or two to improve their playoff odds but things can change before the deadline (a Mo Williams and other pieces for Gerald Wallace could make sense for instance).
I'll list their salary for this season so we can see if the Clips have the contracts to match up in a trade scenario. In the comments you can discuss the pros and cons of each available player, what offer to make and other factors. I took out some players that aren't available due to free agency rules or players with great contracts that simply won't be moved for what the Clips can offer.
Keep in mind the Clippers only tangible trade pieces will still be Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Eric Bledsoe, Brian Cook, Trey Thompkins andTravis Leslie. Alternatively they have a 3.8 million trade exception they can use. We will work with the assumption that Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, Kenyon Martin, Reggie Evans and Mo Williams are not being traded. Chauncey Billups isn't eligible for trade either as an amnestied player.
Potential Wingmen - Gerald Wallace (10.6 million), Wesley Mathews (6.1 million), Jamal Crawford (5 million)
Potential Wingmen - Raja Bell (3.24 million), CJ Miles (3.7 million)