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3 players the Los Angeles Clippers need to trade before February's trade deadline

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When the Los Angeles Clippers started the year 4-0, it appeared as if they might not miss star point guard Chris Paul as much as originally thought.

However, since then the Clippers have been awful, losing 10 of their next 11 games and currently find themselves riding an eight-game losing streak.

Therefore, the Clippers need to make some changes if they want to have any shot of returning to the playoffs this spring. And, because of their dire situation at the moment, they can't afford to wait until February's trade deadline.

The Clippers may even want to consider this season a loss and try to build some assets and acquire some young players for the future, which they can do by dealing some of the players they currently have on their roster.

There's no time like the present to start making moves, so the Clippers would be wise to make some calls to figure out if there's any interest in some of their more-tradable assets.

Here are three players the Clippers should consider trading before the calendar flips to 2018:

Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

DeAndre Jordan

If the Clippers are going nowhere this year, it doesn't make much sense to keep Jordan around. The 29-year-old center is one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the game, yes, but the Clippers might want to see how Blake Griffin fares as the big guy in the lineup.

Jordan is averaging 10.3 points, 14 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per night, but he's not being used to his full potential without CP3 lobbing him alley-oops every game.

Yes, Jordan is making more than $22 million each of the next two years, but he could be an intriguing piece for a team that needs to improve its defense in order to make a playoff run.

Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Clippers

Lou Williams

Williams will be the easiest player on this list to trade, as he is in the final year of his contract and is only making $7 million this year.

As the Clippers' sixth man this year, Williams is averaging the second-most points on the team with 17.7 per night. Williams could be the NBA's sixth man of the year if all goes well, but he might need to leave Los Angeles to get some national attention.

As the sixth man for a team like the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors - just to name two - Williams could affect the NBA playoff picture this season.

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

Patrick Beverley

Beverley is being thrust into a role he's not used to as the Clippers' primary ball-handler when he's on the court. When he was with Houston, James Harden handled the ball most of the time, allowing Beverley to do most of his work off screens.

He's not built to be a point guard, and with coach Doc Rivers preferring to give his son Austin big minutes, there's not really a good fit for Beverley.

He needs to go to a team where he'd be able to have less offensive pressure put on him so he can focus on his stellar defense.

Topics:
NBA
Chris Paul
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
DeAndre Jordan
NBA Playoffs
Blake Griffin
NBA Draft

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