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Amick: “Clippers Known to be Among the Most Serious Suitors” for Andre Iguodala

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The Clippers pursuit of another Finals MVP wing continues.

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A week after the Clippers brought in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers remain active in the trade market. Their top option — former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Iggy, of course, was dumped unceremoniously to the Grizzlies so the Warriors could clear room to sign D’Angelo Russell, and is a prime candidate to be moved from the rebuilding Grizz. The Clippers have been rumored to be pursuing him for days now, and Sam Amick of the Athletic confirmed their interest in an article this morning, saying they are among “the most serious suitors” for him.

The only trade that really makes sense for the Clippers is a simple one: newly acquired Moe Harkless and second-year guard Jerome Robinson for Iguodala. While Harkless is a useful rotation player due to his size and defensive aptitude, and would probably help the Clippers win more regular season games next season, Iguodala is a champion, someone who can be relied upon for 30 minutes per game against the toughest playoff opponents. It would be tough giving up Jerome Robinson, taking away one source of cheap production and avenue to further upside, but Iggy would be worth it. The Grizzlies would save some money, and would also get an extended look at Robinson, who would be a good fit at shooting guard next to Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Brandon Clarke.

The problem with getting Iguodala is that a bunch of teams have interest in him, and the Clippers no longer have a treasure trove of first round picks to match a bidding war. The Rockets gave up some of their picks for Russell Westbrook, but still have more in the bank than the Clippers. There will be other teams in the hunt as well, and while Jerome is still a promising asset, other teams will presumably offer more.

The trade discussions for Iggy have probably been ongoing for days now, but the Grizzlies are in no hurry, so this could drag for a while longer. The Clippers have been waiting to officially announce the signings of Patrick Beverley and JaMychal Green, which makes sense if they still think they have a major move coming which they need salary room for. The only player left on the market who would seem to fit the Clippers is Iggy, so if the Clippers miss out on him, the rest of their offseason should follow in short order. For now, we sit, and wait.