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Clippers are not in a trading mood

Despite recent rumors of a deal with Boston to acquire Kevin Garnett, Coach Vinny Del Negro says he likes the Clippers' current makeup just fine.

February 20, 2013|By Broderick Turner

The Clippers indicated Wednesday that they have no plans to make any trades before the NBA's deadline Thursday at noon PST.

Even Coach Vinny Del Negro said after practice that the team is not looking to make moves because he and his staff like the team that they have.

The most prevalent rumor had backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan going to the Boston Celtics for center Kevin Garnett.

Because Bledsoe, 23, and Jordan, 24, are so young, Del Negro was asked whether he needed to talk with them about the rumors.

"No, because if I felt it was necessary, I would do that," Del Negro said. "But there are a bunch of needs out there. Like you said, they are young players that teams covet and that's a good thing. That's a good thing for us. That's a good thing for them.

"But we feel good with our team right now. ... Nothing has been presented to any of us that makes sense for us to do anything different right now. But we're always available, always looking to make our team as strong as possible. But right now, we feel comfortable with our team."

The Clippers have a 39-17 record, third-best in the Western Conference, and play the leading San Antonio Spurs (43-12) on Thursday night at Staples Center.

Del Negro said he has talked with Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, about ways to improve the team and about how good this team is now.

"There is nothing that Gary has brought to me that he feels and I feel is something that we would feel comfortable doing at all," Del Negro said. "There really hasn't been any."

Clippers look to stay on track

The Clippers finally had built some momentum and had a completely healthy 13-man roster for the first time all season, but then came last weekend's All-Star break.

So now the Clippers have to start their engines again and try to add to their four-game winning streak.

"The plan is to pick up where we left off," Chris Paul said. "Obviously, we had a week since our last game last Thursday and we play again [Thursday]. …It's a good test for us to get back out on the court against the Spurs and get our legs back up under us and get started."

Paul, who was selected most valuable player of the All-Star game, said that the entire weekend was "very, very" draining.

"I didn't expect the MVP by any means," Paul said.

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