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NBA Rumors: Blake Griffin teaming up with Russell Westbrook in OKC; Thunder trading Victor Oladipo and Steve Adams to Clippers

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Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers who are reportedly having trade talks involving Blake Griffin, Victor Oladipo and Steve Adams.

The Los Angeles Clippers decided to face the 2016-17 NBA season retaining their Big Three, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan. However, the Clippers are predicted to have lesser wins next season despite having their Big Three healthy.

According to Kevin Felton of ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers are projected to rank 4th in the Western Conference with 46.3 wins. Recalling in the 2015-16 NBA season, the Clippers managed to win 53 games even Blake Griffin missed most of the games due to injury and suspension.

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However, most of the Western Conference teams have made a huge adjustment in their roster that is expected to create a tougher competition next season. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder who finished 3rd last season (55 wins) is projected to earn the 6th spot in the Western Conference.

The Thunder suffered a huge loss when Kevin Durant chose to join the Golden State Warriors. According to Fansided, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clipper could be the ideal trade partners if both teams want to upgrade their roster this offseason.

In a suggested trade scenario, the Thunder will be sending guard Victor Oladipo and center Steve Adams to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan proved last season that even without Griffin, the Clippers could still be a playoff contender.

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The Clippers Big Three limit the team in improving their roster due to expensive salaries of all superstars. Chris Paul will become a free agent next summer and is expected to leave if the team suffers another disappointment.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are currently looking for another superstar to pair with Russell Westbrook. If this trade deal proceeds, it will definitely help both teams in filling up the areas needed to improve on their roster.

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