NEW DELHI: With the NBA trade deadline looming, the LA Clippers are actively exploring trade options for guard
, with various teams expressing interest. The deadline, just a week away, has prompted the Clippers to gauge the market for some of their role players, including Hyland, who has recently been the subject of trade rumors.
Recent reports suggest that the Clippers are shopping Bones Hyland along with
Hyland, a young and promising player, has struggled to secure a consistent spot in the Clippers’ rotation this season, playing in only 18 games and averaging 6.4 points per game. Despite his limited playing time, the 21-year-old guard remains an intriguing trade prospect due to his potential and cost-effective contract.
Hyland is currently on a budget-friendly deal, earning $2.3 million this season. With two years left on his contract beyond this season, his salary is set to increase to $4.1 million next season and $6.1 million in the subsequent year.
Given his youth and potential upside, Hyland could become an attractive target for both rebuilding teams and contending franchises seeking affordable depth. Here are five potential landing spots for the Clippers guard:
1. Washington Wizards
The Wizards, expected to be sellers at the deadline, may eye Bones Hyland as a potential acquisition. A trade involving
, who is on an expiring deal, could benefit both teams. Jones would provide the Wizards with another reliable ball handler, strengthening their playoff roster.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
For the Minnesota Timberwolves, a deal for Bones Hyland could be a cost-effective means to enhance their rotation’s depth and defensive capabilities.
As a team in the upper echelon of the Western Conference, the Timberwolves could leverage Hyland’s skills for a playoff push.
3. Boston Celtics
The Celtics, in need of backcourt depth, might consider Hyland as an affordable option to support Jrue Holiday and
. With an eye on bolstering their guard rotation, Hyland could be a valuable addition for the Celtics, particularly given White’s injury history.
4. San Antonio Spurs
Struggling without a true point guard, the San Antonio Spurs could see Hyland as a solution to their ball-handling woes. His presence could stabilize the team’s playmaking and potentially open up opportunities for other young talents on the roster.
5. Phoenix Suns
Despite their recent success, the Phoenix Suns might still be in the market for a point guard to run the second unit. Hyland’s ability to share ball-handling duties alongside star players like Bradley Beal or
could make him an appealing addition for the Suns.
(Inputs from agencies)