Two teams– the lowly Denver Nuggets and pathetic Philadelphia 76ers—are reportedly joining the chase for Blake Griffin, who is potentially being shopped by his current squad, the Los Angeles Clippers after a recent controversy.
Both the Nuggets and 76ers are on their way to the lottery this season and getting an injured Griffin, who is projected to be out until March, will not affect their tanking prowess.
Mitch Lawrence of SiriusXM NBA Radio reported that the Nuggets and Clippers discussed a possible NBA trade between the two franchises.
Dan Woike of the OC Register quickly rebuffed the news saying there was “not much discussion” between the Los Angeles and Denver teams about a Griffin trade.
Still, that’s not stopping that NBA rumors involving Griffin to Denver, among other teams.
Via ESPN’s Trade Machine, and how Griffin playing for the Nuggets is possible and how the Clippers can get value from their star forward in their mission to be one of the NBA’s legit title-contenders:
Clippers-Nuggets Trade #1:
Blake Griffin ($18.9M) for Kenneth Faried ($11.23M) and JJ Hickson ($5.6M)
Why this NBA trade is great for the Clippers:
Getting Faried, who is on his prime, will mean the Clippers get a star forward in return for their star but troubled forward. Faried’s energy and hustle will complement Chris Paul’s ability to run the team as well as retain that athletic frontcourt along with DeAndre Jordan so they can continue their “Lob City” ways.
Why the Nuggets should make this deal more than an NBA rumor:
Getting Griffin away from the glitz of Los Angeles might be the “change of scenery” the controversial forward needs at this point in his career. Griffin will form a scary scoring tandem with rising Italian star Danilo Gallinari and the Nuggets will have their core for the next few seasons.
Clippers-Nuggets Trade #2:
Blake Griffin ($18.9M) for Danilo Galinari ($14M) and JJ Hickson ($5.6M)
Why the Clippers should consider this NBA trade:
Same as the first trade but flipping Faried with Galinari, the Clippers will add a scoring punch in the Italian forward.
The Clippers have played well without Griffin in the line-up and acquiring Galinari means total commitment to “small ball” (with Galo at PF)—but that’s not entirely a bad thing when your mission this season is to beat the high-powered Golden State Warriors.
Why the Nuggets should jump on this NBA rumor:
A Faried and Griffin combo in the frontcourt should be one of the most athletic in the league; along with the continued growth of point guard Emanuel Mudiay, Mile High City might just create their own Lob City in Denver.
Should the Clippers continue their Griffin trade discussions with other teams? Which trade is better for Los Angeles, in mind their postseason run against the powerhouse teams Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder?
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