Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin suffered unfortunate injuries in the Los Angeles Clippers’ first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. Facing elimination in Game 6 on the road, the NBA rumors of both being traded by the team in the 2016 offseason is expected to heat up if they are eliminated Saturday from the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The Clippers are one of the serious contenders out West when both are healthy and when “Lob City” is working in Los Angeles. However, with both struggling with injuries, it might be time for the Clippers to look at trade options this summer while both still have a high trade value in the market.
One of the most talked about deals in recent years is the swap Cleveland Cavaliers-Los Angeles Clippers swap of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. It’s a deal that is win-win for both franchise as LeBron James can continue to contend for titles with this version of a “Big Three” of James, Paul and Griffin while the Clippers retool and go younger with Irving, Love and DeAndre Jordan.
The same Cavaliers-Clippers deal will be among the top NBA rumors again this summer especially if Cleveland manages to come up short again of their target of an NBA championship this year.
It’s not yet over for the Clippers as they can still force a Game 7 if they win on Friday. However, playing on the road against an inspired Trail Blazers team, Los Angeles might not have enough weapons to survive with long-term injuries to Paul and Griffin, both reportedly out for the season already with their respective injuries.
For the Cavaliers, they only have one option left this season; win the title or force LeBron James to make demands again of improving the team for the next seasons. Expect the Cleveland Cavaliers-Los Angeles Clippers NBA rumors to once again hog the headlines after the playoffs are over.
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