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The Clippers do not rule out making moves before the deadline

Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, would have given the go-ahead to his board to make the occasional transfer before the deadline (February 11). According to sources close to the Bleacher Report, the Los Angeles team would have placed the “transferable” sign on practically all of its staff, with the exception of its stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and also the young Terance Mann.

The Clippers’ objective is none other than to lighten the salary load and/or obtain future rounds of the Draft while they wait for the return of their injured Leonard (anterior cruciate ligament) and George (right elbow), who could miss the rest of the season.

“Right now they’re pretty open to trading for anyone except their main stars and Terance Mann. I think it would be nice to stay out of the playoffs and regroup for next year,” a league official said.

“They’re trying to get rid of the Marcus Morris of the world. Boys who have a certain commercial value and who may be able to replace them with younger people, or perhaps cheaper contracts, or perhaps already obtain them for next summer, “he added.

To cite several examples: Eric Bledsoe has this season and an additional season each valued at 19 million dollars; Morris himself ends his contract in 2024 and still has almost 50 million dollars left to receive; or the shooter Luke Kennard with a team option in 2025 and a total amount of almost 56 million.

The Clippers currently occupy seventh place in the Western Conference with a record of 21 wins and 21 losses.

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