In the first installment of the Clippers mailbag, I’ll be answering hard-pressed Clipper- related questions from fans on Twitter. Let’s get started:
@ClipperBeat Let’s say your Kyrie Irving-Chris Paul trade doesn’t happen. What would be some other potential moves the Clips should explore?
— Adam Rittenberg (@DPUsportsblog)
Well Adam, the Irving-for-CP3 trade is the big blockbuster that would give the Clippers a completely new look. If that trade is made, that means Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan would have to stay put. The positives of this trade for the Clippers is that they would have a really good young core. All three (Irvin, Griffin, Jordan) would be under 30, so the window to compete for the championship would be extended a lot longer than it is currently. A trade for Irving would signify a bit of a youth movement, which would mean there may be room for some vets who would provide leadership they will be losing by trading Paul.
@ClipperBeat what do you do with the big three going forward?
— A Chicago Bulls Blog (@reasonabullblog)
As constructed, the Clippers can’t win a championship. It’s been proven with the early playoff exits. Heck, they didn’t even reach a conference final yet. The big three have to be split up. At least one of them will have to be moved to change the team dynamic. The easiest piece to move would be Blake Griffin. He will net the biggest return. It’s more than realistic to demand multiple high draft picks, one promising young player (like Boston’s Jae Crowder), and an All-Star caliber player (ex. Isaiah Thomas). Chris Paul can certainly get you a nice return also, but due to his age (31) it won’t be nearly as much as Griffin would. What teams like the Golden State Warriors have proven is that the style of play is evolving: small ball is taking over. The need for a player like Jordan, who can’t shoot, has diminished significantly. Best bet is to try to trade the player you’d like to keep the most–Griffin.
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