Possibly. However, this would have been the best use of trading Griffin.
To be honest, many of us have expected some changes to be made in the Clippers roster, especially after the organization chose to trade guard Chris Paul last summer and started tearing apart the core of the team.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Lakers were hesitant to commit to four seasons of Griffin, who signed a five-year max extension worth US$173 million (AU$214 million) this past offseason.
In the deal, the Clippers receive, and a first- and second-round draft pick. This number drops down to $14.8 million on the final year of the deal.
This deal is far better than the actual Blake Griffin trade that happened and is realistic for both sides. Los Angeles is reportedly still looking to deal Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan in exchange for young players and draft picks.
So much for the quiet trade deadline right? However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap, the first of several injuries that have marred his career.
Multiple reports indicate the Clippers have set their sights set on signing LeBron James this summer.
A team that was supposed to compete for championships with the core of Paul, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers and J.J. Redick never made it past the Western Conference Semifinals during six straight trips to the playoffs from 2012-17 – and that trend only seemed to be heading downward.
L.A. had so many chances to add to the Griffin-Paul duo. (He’s one of the) top-15 guys in the league. Hood is another injury-prone player, but these are the types of calculated risks Van Gundy needs to take to save his job. “Winning is fun, so I guess you could say we’re having more fun, at least the last two games”. Griffin and Drummond are going to be one of the most unstoppable big men duos in the National Basketball Association, and nobody said their front office can’t add more star power. First, they need a big supporting cast to entice the 33-year-old superstar to join them and the salary cap room to attract other big-name players.
The Pistons? Perhaps a wild card move, something similar to the Pelicans creating a twin tower lineup (which unfortunately isn’t going to work). Finally, fans in the Motor City have something to celebrate.