All of a sudden the Los Angeles Clippers are hosting a liquidation sale over at the Staples Center and it sounds like the Boston Celtics forgot to get a spot in line.
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade super star forward Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round draft pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2019.
Is it crazy to think that the Celtics, who rank 10th in the NBA in team rebounding, sixth in defensive rebounding and 22nd in offensive rebounding, could use a big like Griffin?
Over the last few seasons, we’ve all heard rumblings about Griffin being traded or moved before the deadline, but nothing ever happened. And then over this past summer, he became a free agent and ended up resigning with the Clippers on a five-year, $171 million contract.
It's possible that the Celtics may not have had interest for whatever reason in the 28-year-old Griffin, who the Clippers drafted with the first overall pick in 2009. But it’s also rumored that the Celtics aren’t expected to be very active ahead of the NBA’s February 8 trade deadline.
So far this season, Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. But earlier this season, he was forced to miss 14 games with a sprained MCL.
With Chris Paul and now Griffin out of Los Angeles, will DeAndre Jordan be next to move out of Coastal California?
The 29-year-old Jordan, who the Clippers drafted in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, is averaging 32 minutes-per-game, 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists through 45 games this season.
Jordan is on the books this year for $22.6 million in the final year of a four-year deal, but there’s a reported player option for the 2018-2019 season at $24 million for the year.
Salary caps can be finagled and players can be moved to make room for Jordan on the roster. But which players could be moved in a deal for Jordan?
It’s obvious that the Clippers are looking for expiring contracts, future assets and/or players who can contribute now.
Marcus Smart, see you later. A future first-round pick (not the Lakers’ pick), bye! Is there anything else you want Lawrence Frank? Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum would be off limits, unless the Clippers were to send back additional assets. Or Jordan gives a wink-wink nod-nod to sign a long-term deal with the C’s at season’s end.
Chances are if the Clippers were to move on from Jordan, the Celtics won’t be in on any deals to acquire the powerful center.
[UPDATE]: The Celtics are high on center Greg Monroe's list after being bought-out by the Phoenix Suns, according to Chris Mannix of NBC Sports Boston. This should like a great alternative for C's and they could even use their "Disabled Player Exception" to sign him.
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-- By John 'The Dude' Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com