There is always time for one more potential blockbuster.
That appears to be the thinking of the Los Angeles Clippers, who agreed to a trade that will send star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.
In return, the Clippers will receive forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic, as well as a first- and second-round draft pick. Clippers forwards Willie Reed and Brice Johnson are also on their way to the Pistons.
Either way, the trade may not be the end for the Clippers. According to ESPN, they may have more moves to make — starting with center DeAndre Jordan and shooting guard Lou Williams.
Per the report:
The Clippers will continue to discuss contract extensions at the right price, while engaging teams in trade talks on DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams. They’ll try to do a hard thing in the NBA: Rebuild on the fly with younger players/picks, without gutting roster.
As Amico Hoops reported last month, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been interested in Jordan for some time, and appear to remain that way today.
The Clippers would be OK with a return built on Cavs center Tristan Thompson — but only if the Cavs included their first-round pick via the Brooklyn Nets in return.
That’s about when talks ended. The Cavs don’t want to part with the pick. Still, things could be revisited now that it’s evident the Clippers may be having a fire sale. Clearly, the Griffin trade changes everything.
Meanwhile, Williams is having a fantastic season with averages of 23.5 points and 5.2 assists off the bench. So it’s not a big surprise the Clippers are shooting for the moon when it comes to a trade centered on Jordan and Williams.
Then again, teams tend to feel desperate as the trade deadline approaches, especially if there are differences on potential contract extensions.
So expect Jordan and Williams to still be with the Clippers all the way up until the deadline on Feb. 8. Then, perhaps, a team can get either, or both, at a lower cost.