Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Clippers who are reportedly trading Blake Griffin for Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, and 2018 first-round pick.
The Los Angeles Clippers decided to retain their ‘Big Three’, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan, for the 2016-17 NBA season. However, despite having all their key players healthy, the Clippers are projected to have lesser wins than they obtained last season.
Kevin Felton of ESPN created projections for each team for the 2016-17 NBA season. The rankings and projected wins were based on their performance last season. For the Los Angeles Clippers, they still ranked 4th in the Western Conference with 46.3 wins.
Last season, the Clippers managed to win 53 games even star forward Blake Griffin missed most of the games. However, the 2016-17 NBA season is expected to be tougher as most of the teams managed to improve their roster this summer.
If the Los Angeles Clippers intend to improve their roster, they must be willing to sacrifice one of their ‘Big Three’, whose salaries limit them to make such move. Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports suggested a trade scenario that will enable the Clippers to ‘somewhat’ improve their roster.
The Los Angeles Clippers could engage a trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks on or before the trade deadline. The Clippers will send Blake Griffin and Brice Johnson to Hawks for Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, and Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2018 first-round pick.
This trade scenario works in the ESPN trade machine. Releasing Blake Griffin will surely one of the toughest decision for the Clippers. However, it might be the best course of action if they want to reload the team in the future.
“Millsap is one of the most underrated players in the game, a big man who can do 90 percent of what Griffin brings to the table. Korver’s on the downslope of his career, but he’d be a ridiculous upgrade on Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Paul Pierce at small forward.” Lynch wrote.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are set to become free agents next summer. If they suffer another disappointing season, the two superstars might change their loyalty and join other teams.
The trade scenario may or may not happen before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season. However, it is expected for both teams to make such moves if they struggle next season.
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