The Los Angeles Clippers have been quite up and down since their blockbuster trade for James Harden at the end of October. Although Harden has been able to put up some solid statistics and has shown flashes of the playmaking prowess the team was hoping for in the deal, the Clippers currently sit at 9-10, ninth place in the Western Conference, and far from the championship contender status that they had envisioned.
Recently, Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma weighed in on the Clippers' decision to trade for Harden when a fan on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, asked him what he thought of the move.
“Ughh I would of kept the team they had,” wrote Kuzma.
The team the Clippers had prior to Harden's arrival certainly had enough talent to compete with anyone–however, the question for Los Angeles ever since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joined forces there in 2019 has always been about health. Since the arrival of the two stars, the Clippers have completed just one offseason with the dynamic duo both in the lineup the whole time, and that was in the 2020 Bubble, which Clippers fans need not be reminded of.
In some ways, the trade for James Harden could be viewed as an insurance policy in case either Leonard or George is forced to miss time due to injury (although it should be noted that both have stayed healthy and foregone their usual load managing tactics so far this season).
The Clippers will next take the floor against the Denver Nuggets on December 6.