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ESPN: Should these teams trade?--Fact or Fiction: The Clippers must make a trade.

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2. Fact or Fiction: The Clippers must make a trade. Brown: Fiction. The Clips are playing .500 ball since Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles, and counting on Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe has never made anyone any money. But a trade may not do them any good in the long run. No one wants their scraps, and they aren't likely to deal away any of their assets. For now, it's best to gauge what this team is capable of in the playoffs and make a run at a replacement in the offseason. Harper: Fact. The Clippers must make a trade. I'm not exactly sure what they have to trade outside of Eric Bledsoe, but they definitely need to find a way to bring in another wing. What would be awesome is if you could trade coaches. I'd have the Clippers trade two future first-round picks and Vinny Del Negro to Portland for Nate McMillan. He could make them defensive enough, right? Strauss: Fact. This defense is awful, and VDN seems incapable of using the current talent to mold a good one. Maybe the solution is trading Griffin and flotsam for Dwight Howard? Stein: Fact. The Clips are under as much pressure as any team out there to succeed because they've only got next season to go before CP3 is eligible to leave them in free agency and blow up Lob City as quickly as it came into vogue. They've got to win now to convince him to stay and convince Blake Griffin to commit to Clipperland long term. The problem is that, even with a few decent trade assets to work with, it's way tougher to pinpoint realistic in-season targets that can make a difference at their position of need. Wallace: Fact. As remarkable as Chris Paul has been overall since he arrived, the Clippers are still a wing defender/shooter -- a Wilson Chandler type quickly comes to mind -- away from shoring up a championship-level roster. Even with Chauncey Billups out for the remainder of the season, there's still a luxury of depth at the point guard spot. It's going to take giving up one to get what they need in other areas.

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