The position Kawhi Leonard has ‘privately clamored’ for Clippers to address
The Clippers started Patrick Beverley at the point guard spot in 2019-20, but he’s not a traditional floor general who can score, run a team’s offense and get others involved with elite passing skills.
“They clearly need a point guard. Everybody knows it and Kawhi Leonard privately has clamored for one,” Smith said on ESPN’s First Take.
“It’s not that he wants them to get rid of Patrick Beverley, but Patrick Beverley is basically a defensive ace who’s small and has to play opposing guards. So, they need a point guard that can run a team and can shoot.”
The Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World despite taking a 3-1 series lead. Both Leonard and Paul George were awful in Game 7, as neither All-Star scored in the fourth quarter.
Tyronn Lue is the new head coach of the Clippers, who parted ways with Doc Rivers after the 2020 postseason ended. It’s going to be interesting to see if LAC makes any roster moves this offseason. The team is under immense pressure to at least get to the Western Conference Finals next season.
Leonard finished his first season with the Clippers with averages of 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists during the regular season. The two-time Finals MVP also shot 47.0 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from beyond the arc.
However, Leonard didn’t come through in the clutch when it mattered the most for the Clippers.