The Los Angeles Clippers are openly targeting Phoenix Suns backup center Aron Baynes, who’s gotten to start most of this season due to Deandre Ayton’s 25-game suspension due to the use of a banned substance. However, the Suns are not quite ready to sell yet, still looking to make a playoff push, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

Baynes’ outside shooting and his soft touch in the perimeter mesh better with the current Clippers’ roster, including reserve Montrezl Harrell, who is in the running for Sixth Man of the Year.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic proposed a potential Baynes for Ivica Zubac trade, but the Suns might not be too keen on taking back so much long-term salary, given that Zubac was recently rewarded with a four-year, $28.5 million deal in the summer.

“They would need a third team,” an Eastern Conference executive said.

The Suns like Baynes as their frontcourt anchor and could be resistant to trade conversations unless they fall out of the race for one of the last playoff spots in the West.

They currently trail the San Antonio Spurs by one game and could find themselves making the push if they can string along a few wins in January before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

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As for the Clippers, Zubac has been a phantom starter, playing a feeble 17.4 minutes per game, down from the 20.2 minutes he received during his 26 games with the team last season after being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers right before last year’s deadline.

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