Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly trading Jaylen Brown, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson, and future first-round picks for Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce.
Blake Griffin has been frequently involved in various trade rumors, including the Boston Celtics. The Celtics aggressively targeted multiple superstars where they managed to acquire one in the recent free agency, Al Horford. After failing to acquire Kevin Durant, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that they were not done yet in upgrading their roster.
In this, some people believe that something big could happen in Boston before the trade deadline. In July, Sean Deveney of Sporting News revealed that Blake Griffin was likely the target of the Celtics and not Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook. However, coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers show no indication that they are going to break their ‘Big Three’.
“The Clippers have 31-year-old point guard Chris Paul on hand, and league sources have said that if the Clippers move Griffin — a move that Clippers coach and front-office head Doc Rivers is reluctant to make — they will want a deal that involves draft picks and a frontline star who can keep them in Western Conference contention,” Deveney said.
As of now, the Clippers are expected to face the 2016-17 NBA season with their ‘Big Three’ – Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. Zach Lowe of ESPN predicted the Los Angeles Clippers to be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. This scenario could happen if the Clippers ‘Big Three’ will remain healthy throughout the season.
If the Clippers fail to win the 2017 NBA championship title, there are speculations that this will be the last season that the ‘Big Three’ will play together in Lob City. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin could leave in the 2017 free agency and start a new journey with another team.
Losing two of their key players without getting anything in return will be the worst case scenario for the Clippers. If they feel like beating the Golden State Warriors in the West is close to impossible, they should consider trading either Paul or Griffin.
In a suggested trade scenario, the Clippers could send Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce to Boston Celtics in exchange for Jaylen Brown, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson, and future first-round picks. This works on the ESPN trade machine.
Paul Pierce has openly announced that he wanted to end his career with the Boston Celtics. The 39-year-old small forward was drafted 10th overall pick by the Celtics in 1998 where he had 10-All-Star games and won an NBA title.
As of now, NBA fans could take these rumors with a grain of salt. The Clippers and their ‘Big Three’ remain focused on their goal of the 2016-17 NBA season. Should they struggle mid-season, expect the Clippers to pull the trigger and make a move.