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What Kawhi Leonard, Clippers are thinking as trade deadline nears

Doc Rivers, Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Montrezl Harrell, Clippers

LOS ANGELES – As the NBA enters trade deadline day, many teams are looking to make last-minute deals to set themselves up for the playoffs and beyond. Kawhi Leonard’s Los Angeles Clippers, however, have yet to make move.

It’s no secret that the Clippers were keeping tabs on guys like Andre Iguodala and Robert Covington, both of whom are now off the market after being acquired by the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, respectively.

Two guys remaining that the Clippers have been linked to in rumors are the Morris brothers: Marcus and Markieff. There’s nothing close to being done, and it’ll likely go down to the 3 p.m. EST buzzer. Clippers players themselves, however, aren’t pushing for any kind of trade and instead want to roll with the group they have.

“I’m good,” Kawhi Leonard responded on his trade deadline thoughts. “We’ve been playing better as of late. Like I always said, we just want to keep being more consistent, less mistakes, and if this is what we’ve got, then we gotta keep going. There’s no complaints, we have a good team and we a high chance.”

Three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams also echoed similar sentiments about the team.

“We literally haven’t talked about it or discussed it,” added Williams. “I think we’re very comfortable where we are a group. Obviously, if a home run comes past, I’m sure management will do their due diligence, but we’re super excited about the group of guys that we have.”

Lou Williams, Kawhi Leonard, Montrezl Harrell, Paul George, Doc Rivers

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Just after the Clippers’ home win over the San Antonio Spurs, Paul George said he hoped the Clippers would keep their roster intact and make a playoff run with the same group.

“I think this locker room is good, we’re in a good place,” George said. “And we hope this is the roster, going down the stretch, that we keep. I enjoy every player on this team, I enjoy this locker room and I’m happy with who’s in our locker room.”

After Wednesday’s night win over the Miami Heat, the Clippers are 17-4 when both Leonard and George play together, and the team has barely been fully healthy this season. In total, George has missed 21 games, Leonard has missed 12, Landry Shamet has missed 17, and Patrick Beverley has missed 11.

Following the deadline, the Clippers will embark on a four-game road trip to close out their pre-All-Star Game schedule. The final two games of that road trip include the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, so they’ll have their work cut out for them this week.