Los Angeles Clippers Trade News and Rumors: With the Clippers Going on an Early Vacation, Rumors about Blake Griffin Trade Surfaced Anew
By Jeff Harris On May 2, 2016
Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers
The unsuccessful trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers hit another roadblock this postseason that brought them back to their homes just after the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
With a broken hand, Paul was sidelined indefinitely and with an injured knee, Griffin has also been ruled out of the season. And this happened on the same game! What a very horrific coincidence...
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This led to many rumors, well, kind of like 'superstitious rumors' - do they have some negative vibes that after five years of playing together, they still haven't even touch based the finish line?
Blake Griffin Trade Rumors
And this led to the question - who is bringing this 'negative vibe' on the team, with a follow up question - why don't we trade him up?
Let's try to break down the possible trade scenario of the trio.
Chris Paul, PG
At age 30 (turning 31 this May 6), Paul may be looking to stay with the Clippers for the remainder of his playing career, lest, the Clippers management decided it's time to part ways with this wily point guard.
This 9-time All-Star is very valuable to the Clippers' offensive line being a 4-time NBA assist leader. But that's not all about Paul, he's also a defensive specialist, being a 6-time NBA steals leader, definitely there are lots of things going on with this 6'0" point guard who also happens to be the 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Easily, we can say Paul still have at least 5 prime years of his playing career and surely, he can bring the Clippers back into the NBA Playoffs.
DeAndre Jordan, C
This 6'11" mammoth is undoubtedly the protector of the Clippers' baseline and a rebounding monster for two consecutive seasons, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, and placed second behind Andre Drummond this year's regular season. And yet, entering the first round of the 2015-2016 NBA postseason, Jordan showed who he really is, averaging 16.3 rebounds per game, though their journey was cut short after Paul and Griffin fell to injuries.
Jordan has just finished the first year of his 4-year, $88 million contract with the Clippers, and he seem to be content with his current situation with the Clippers.
Blake Griffin, PF
A five-time All-Star, the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year - no doubt he is one of the biggest names in the NBA today. In fact, back in 2011, Sports Illustrated named him as one of the NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time.
And he has been with the Los Angeles Clippers since he began his career with the NBA, after being selected top pick overall during the 2009 Draft, though he was unable to play even one game due to a knee injury.
Griffin still has two years left off his contract yet many believe that with the recent off-court altercations that led to him being suspended and injured, the Clippers management are reported having some thoughts whether it is time to part ways.
As Sean Deveney of Sporting News said, "There was what one source termed as, "groundwork," for potential Griffin deals that could be revisited in the coming weeks, either at the draft or in the wake of free agency. The Nuggets were among the teams connected with Griffin, but the Clippers' asking price and the Denver ballpark offer were not even close. The Celtics and Bulls were among other teams that inquired about Griffin, but never got traction."
Yet he added that Clippers coach Doc Rivers believe, "That the Paul-Griffin-Jordan combination is his best bet to break through and take the Clippers to their first NBA Finals. He's not eager to downgrade the Clippers' talent, which would almost certainly be the result of a Griffin trade, for the sake of a trade."
But will the Clippers management be convinced by Coach Rivers, or will they still push through with rumors about marketing trade deals for Blake Griffin?