NBA Rumors: Blake Griffin to Chicago Bulls?

NBA Rumors: Blake Griffin to Chicago Bulls?

After Blake Griffin punched—multiple times, according to reports– a team employee, who actually was a close friend, it’s time to ship the Los Angeles Clippers athletic power forward away from the Hollywood squad and get the distraction out of the way for the Clippers, who are still hopeful of a deep run in the NBA postseason and possibly all the way to the NBA title.

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The trade below is allowed as per NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) rules and all deals confirmed via ESPN’s Trade Machine.

Los Angeles Clippers-Chicago Bulls Trade:

Blake Griffin ($18.9 million) for Taj Gibson ($8.5 million) and Pau Gasol ($7.45 million)

Why this trade makes sense for the Clippers and why Los Angeles needs to make these NBA rumors a fact:

The Clippers’ frontcourt depth is improved after this Clippers-Bulls trade. Pau Gasol can start alongside DeAndre Jordan and can actually teach the latter to hit some free throws. Or Gasol can come off the bench and the Clippers start with a Jordan-Gibson frontcourt— instantly one of the scariest defensive tandems down low.

The Clippers depth chart will look like this if they send Griffin to Chicago with this trade:

Point Guards: Chris Paul/Austin Rivers/Pablo Prigioni
Shooting Guards: J.J. Redick/Jamal Crawford/C.J. Wilcox
Small Forwards: Paul Pierce/Wes Johnson/Lance Stephenson
Power Forwards: Taj Gibson/Luc Mbah a Moute/Jeff Ayres
Center: DeAndre Jordan/Pau Gasol

Gasol’s passing adds another dimension to the Clippers’ offense and should be a good fit with CP3, Redick and Jordan. Is it enough to beat the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors?

The team can go small (Gibson/Jordan/Gasol at center and Pierce/Johnson at power forward) against the Warriors/Spurs’ smallball line-up or punish Golden State/San Antonio down low with the Jordan/Gasol combo.

Why this trade makes sense for the Bulls and why Chicago should make these NBA rumors a reality:

Simply, it’s time to flip a switch in Chicago because their current line-up is just not beating the Cleveland Cavaliers (or maybe can’t even beat the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks) in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Gasol will most likely explore free agency at the end of the season the Bulls can lose him for nothing. Getting some value off him would be a good return for the veteran big man.

Gibson’s defense will be missed but first year head coach Fred Hoiberg wants a faster paced system and getting an athletic star in Griffin will give the young mentor unlimited offensive options with the trio of Griffin, Butler and Rose.

If Rose continues to struggle with injuries and his play, the Bulls can decide to trade him in the future with an All-Star tandem of Griffin and Butler enough to make noise in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls depth chart will look like this if they land Griffin via a trade:

Point Guards: Derrick Rose/Aaron Brooks/Kirk Hinrich
Shooting Guards: Jimmy Butler/E’Twaun Moore
Small Forwards: Doug McDermott/ Tony Snell
Power Forwards: Blake Griffin/Nikola Mirotic/Bobby Portis
Centers: Joakim Noah/Cameron Bairstow

The new line-up will need to establish chemistry first and they still won’t beat James’ Cavaliers this season. However, getting a true star in Griffin (and not injury-prone and non-star Rose) to be paired with Butler is good for the franchise in the long run.

This move will also allow young prospects Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott more playing time for the Bulls.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

  • Nick

    I don’t think it makes much sense at all for the Clippers to make a move like this. Griffin is one of the top tier elites in the league. Trading him and in the process, getting older is the last thing the clippers need. If they were to deal with the Bulls, Portis would need to be in the trade.

    • 72-10

      But the Clippers are on win-now mode they don’t need a headcase like Griffin. Their championship window is closing too

  • James Ousley

    Trade Butler and Gasol/Gibson for Blake and Reddick – Also Trade Mirotic/McDermott for Fournier. Prob wouldn’t happen – Bulls aren’t willing to sign anyone they aren’t getting over on since they will have to pay a restricted FA in Fournier.

    • Scoe63

      I see that I’m not the only one with the Butler & Gibson/Gasol for Blake Griffin idea.

      However, I’m 100% certain that if Butler (ball hogger deluxe) is traded, McDermott and Mirotec becomes far more effective.

  • R. Miller

    Bulls won’t be trading Butler…they are building around him. He is the face of the franchise if people haven’t noticed. Which the fans like him cause everyone one still hasn’t seen his full potential with the core group of guys that ha been given to him.

    • Scoe63

      Uh, the Bulls are in fact shopping Jimmy Butler.

      Butler is a bad fit for Hoiberg’s system and Jimmy Butler’s ball hogging is killing McDermott and Mirotec.

    • Scoe63


      You can’t build around an inconsistent shooting SMALL Forward (masquerading as a Shooting Guard) in Hoiberg’s system.

      Either Hoiberg will have to be fired or Butler traded for player(s) who fit Hoiberg’s system.

      • Karthik

        The stats not only disagree with you, the net rating of the bulls plummet without Butler. In addition, for the ball hogging you accuse Jimmy of, he actually has a a lower usage rating and team possessions held than Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol. In addition, Bulls overall Pace per possession actually increases every time Jimmy has the ball in his hand. In fact if we aggregate possessions held divided by time and cross reference it with pace, we say that when Jimmy holds the ball or has the ball in his hand, the bulls average pace metric goes up by about 13% whereas when we calculate the same metric with Pau and Rose, both decrease pace by about 7% and 12% respectively. Now if we aggregate those two simple data metrics over the span of each Usage rating, we find that the net impact on usage when each of the players are on the court is a -13% whereas when both are off and are replaced with either Mirotic and brooks or Mirotic and Moore, the pace goes up by about 10%. You have this fantasy that Butler is destroying the whole pace and space system of Hoiball. That is statistically false, its literally Rose and Pau doing that. You just don’t understand basketball.

        However, that’s not the only realm in which you are wrong. You seem to have this notion that Jimmy Butler is a fourth option. This is quite funny because Jimmy Butler has drawn the 3rd most double teams in the NBA and has the highest effective field goal percentage out of them all. In addition, Rose statistically this year has drawn the fewest double teams out of all the players in the top 50 of usage ratings. Despite this, he has the lowest effective field goal percentage and lowest true shooting percentage out of ALL of them. Now in the last 5 games, the double teams Rose has faced has increased by about 75%. Guess what, his efficiency has cratered, by about 20% to be more precise.

        Now, you ask why Jimmy has so many isolation plays run through him. The answer is very simple. It because those isos are the only way for the team to be effective when Rose and Pau are on the court. Both have very little range and coupled with the lack of range from Taj, there is so little the offense can even do. They can’t push the pace when only one player (ala Butler) are the only players that positively impact the pace of the team in that lineup. Thus, the only way that could even consider playing semi-effectively is by playing in the half court which naturally results in more isos. Considering that none of the players aside from Butler have even an average field goal percentage operating from isolation plays. It only makes sense for Hoiberg to run iso plays for Butler. Granted the statistics tells us that Butler isn’t even getting enough of these plays either because, again, Rose and Pau keep clogging the the ball and the lanes.

        Look this idea of the “eye test” or the “I can see something happen and therefore I know everything about a team” is complete bullshit. Statistics define 70% of all that basketball is. If you can’t even cite a basic stat in your argument, then you have a very degenerative understanding of basketball. On top of that, when all you scream is “ISO is bad, ISO is bad” you have to keep in mind that the second best team in the NBA run numerous ISO sets. Isolation plays can work under two conditions: first your team is naturally built for slower paces (which is exactly what the statistics tell us for the Bulls) or your that your team can’t operate in the open court (which no player other than Butler, the statistics tell us this, can even do). As such, it has been a collaborative effort on part by the coaches and the players to run more iso plays because that is how the team is built right now. In fact, there was a report that came out by ESPN and Sports Illustrated (main stream media sources) citing that Hoiberg had reverted back to Thibs’ playbook because, as currently built, the team could not adapt to his plays.

        To put it simply, you have zero understanding of this game. Read a stats book or get a brain because you’re just a troglodyte with virtually no understanding of basketball.