WHY FOR L.A. CLIPPERS?

Cohen’s Analysis: We know the Clippers have enough offensive firepower to compete with anyone. But as of right now, they aren’t steadfast on the defensive end and that will inevitably deny them from advancing far in the playoffs.

We have seen Josh Smith in the past be a tyrant on defense because of his length, athleticism and shot-blocking ability. L.A. is going to need someone to guard elite wing players like Kevin Durant and James Harden in the playoffs and J-Smoove may be a guy who can effectively handle that responsibility.

This trade proposal would shed some of their outside threats, but assuming J.J. Redick is healthy and with rookie Reggie Bullock capable of stepping in and contributing, this deal could make L.A. more of a threat in a cutthroat Western Conference.

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