“Lob City” in Los Angeles could be broken up soon with two of its main players, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, hitting free agency after the season. Head coach Doc Rivers also anointed DeAndre Jordan as it’s next “star” with NBA rumors circulating that Paul and the team could trade Griffin this season.
Could this mean that the Clippers’ mentor is preparing for life without Griffin and Paul and make Jordan it’s main go-to player? Will Jordan become more than a defensive player and improve on offense in the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season?
Rivers said via Boston Globe that he sees Jordan as the “most important guy this summer” for the Clippers.
“He sees himself now as a star. As good as he is, I don’t think he’s ever seen himself as one. He’s always been the third guy so he’s looked at himself as a role player in some ways,” Rivers said of Jordan.
“Now he knows how good he is and I think any time you’re around winning, it’s important, and I think DJ now knows what winning looks like.”
Rivers, who is also the general manager for the L.A. team, went out in free agency trying to get Kevin Durant, according to many NBA rumors. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star chose rivals Golden State Warriors and the Clippers had no choice but to settle for second-tier free agents this summer.
Among the Clippers acquisitions are Brandon Bass, Marreese Speights and Raymond Felton. The team also re-signed guards Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford.
The Clippers are pressured to win the title in the 2016-2017 NBA Season with Griffin and Paul expected to explore moving to other teams when they hit free agency in the 2017 offseason.
With Rivers showing his trust on Jordan this summer, could the Clippers trade Griffin and Paul so they can quickly make their rebuild around the star center?
NBA rumors have mentioned both Griffin and Paul because of their contract situation. Trading one or both will also bring future or young prospects for Los Angeles. Should they make a trade and make Jordan the centerpiece of the franchise?
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