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Rumor: Clippers interested in trading for Bulls’ Thaddeus Young

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Following a very impressive Christmas Day victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers came back to earth on Saturday by suffering a 120-107 defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz.

While the Clippers are still a solid 23-11 on the season, they’re just 3-4 in their last seven games and haven’t won consecutive games in a few weeks. Given how competitive the top of the Western Conference is, LA will likely look to upgrade its roster ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

According to Dan Woike for the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are reportedly looking at Chicago Bulls veteran forward Thaddeus Young in an attempt to beef up their lineup. Woike mentions Maurice Harkless as a candidate to go the other way to Chicago because of his expiring $11.01 million deal.

Young is currently just in his first season with the Bulls after signing a three-year, $43 million deal with the team this summer. However, there have been some rumblings that the veteran isn’t happy with his role. The 31-year-old is averaging just 21.8 minutes per game for the Bulls right now, and it could be said that Chicago is currently unable to utilize the 6-foot-8 power forward in the most effective way.

The Bulls are just 1.5 games out of the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps they look to trade Thaddeus Young if they fall back in the standings and he remains miffed with his role. If the Clippers are somehow able to bring him to L.A., Young should be able to provide some help in the team’s frontcourt and further increase their chances of competing for the title this season.