2. Luke Kennard
These next two selections are what I consider to be the best-case scenarios. Luke Kennard has been undervalued since he entered the league. He’s an extremely well-rounded guard who can offer up not just play-making as a backup option to Darius Garland but also as a scorer alongside him or as the second option on the second-unit behind Kevin Love. Kennard is a great passer for a non-point guard and is quick enough to make his own shot in a bind.
He’s not very tall for a shooting guard but his ability to hit from all over the court is exceptional. He’s making a few million more than Cedi Osman currently but he’s an infinitely better scorer than Osman, as he doesn’t go into two-month-long shooting slumps. Ideally, you’d like to keep Osman, but if you can’t, Kennard is an absolute upgrade.
His loan con is his contract, but it’s not that much more than Doug McDermotts, and if he’s utilized as he should be, he’s absolutely worth it.
So why would the Clippers agree to this deal? It’s pretty bare-bones all things considered, and that’s easy. Norman Powell and Robert Covington. Those two men have pushed the Clippers into serious salary issues, and the team will need to cut bait on someone soon, or risk owning a lot of money to the league.
That’s where Osman comes in, he’s no bum and can contribute to the Clippers as a point-forward and three-point shooter. He’s cheaper than Kennard and that will help alleviate any issues the team has going forward in regards to financial issues.
Dylan Windler is also a piece that could turn into something if you put the time in, but if not, he’s a free agent after next year, which also helps with financials.
It’s very likely that Kennard loses out on minutes now that the Clippers made some big moves, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Clippers are as motivated to move him as many in the blogosphere seem to suggest they are.