In his eighth year playing for the Clippers, Blake Griffin has been traded. Griffin is now a member of the Detroit Pistons where he’ll be teaming up with Andre Drummond. After all the talk we’ve heard about trades this year, Blake Griffin was certainly not someone I expected to be moved.
Most of the trade talks surrounding the Clippers have been about DeAndre Jordan. One of the reasons for DeAndre’s name being part of trade talks is because he and the Clippers haven’t been able to come close in their talks on a contract extension. Most NBA players come up in trade talks when this sort of thing happens, unless you’re a LeBron James or Kevin Durant type player. Sometimes even then.
Now that the Clippers have moved Blake Griffin, it makes it more clear that DeAndre Jordan will also be moved. Blake Griffin was clearly the Clippers best player. When the Clippers resigned Griffin, their hopes were that he would be able to lead this team without Chris Paul. To this point in the season that hasn’t gone so well, with the Clippers having a record of 25-24 and Griffin missing 16 games.
By trading Griffin, the Clippers are telling us that they’re in rebuild mode. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan didn’t get them to where they wanted to go. Now it’s time to move on. It’s time for new pieces.
The Clippers would be wise to move DeAndre Jordan if this is truly what they want to do. Jordan is a good player, but he’s not someone you want to build your franchise around. He’s great defensively, he’s a great rebounder, but he’s not a scorer. Despite leading the NBA in field goal percentage at 66.8%, Jordan is only averaging 11.9 points per game. He’s never averaged more than 12.7 points in his entire career.
Trading Griffin allowed the Clippers to get Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and some drafts picks. Those could be some valuable pieces to get help the Clippers rebuild this team. By trading DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers would likely get some more valuable pieces in addition to what they’ve already acquired. It would also free up some space for them to sign players who may want to come to L.A. LeBron James maybe??
Now that Griffin is gone, it doesn’t make sense to keep DeAndre Jordan. He won’t take them anywhere. At least not anywhere they want to be. After years of disappointment and failing to live up to expectations, it’s time for the Clippers to take a new direction and search for players who will help them get to where they want to be in the future.
There is sure to be several suitors for the Clippers big man, as we’ve already heard rumors of teams like the Cavaliers and Blazers being interested. From a team like the Cavs, the Clippers could get some nice assets like Tristan Thompson and possibly a first round pick. That’s exactly what they need to start their rebuild.
Nothing is for sure. The Clippers may decide they want Jordan in their future plans, but as of right now, signs are pointing to DeAndre being one of the next Clippers on their way out the door. Keep an eye out for a trade involving DeAndre Jordan in the near future. If he does get traded, where do you think he’ll go? Comment below with your thoughts on who’d be the best trade partner for the Clippers.