The trade deadline strikes again. Nine hours after publicly throwing his name into trade talks, ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Detroit Pistons dealt Avery Bradley, along with Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Receiving Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and the illustrious Brice Johnson, reports are surfacing that Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan are next, signaling a rebuild for the Doc Rivers and Los Angeles.
But if the Oklahoma City Thunder trade to acquire Paul George has shown anything, sometimes the team that got fleeced really didn’t get fleeced at all.
Swapping PG13 for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis immediately reeked of a tank job, and rightly so. Oladipo hadn’t exactly impressed alongside Russell Westbrook in 2016-17, and Sabonis was a young face that needed time to develop.
The story goes however that the Indiana Pacers’ new acquisitions have served Indy well, leading the charge to a seventh place Eastern Conference record of 27-23.
A quick look at the Clippers-Pistons trade and the same could be said to happen in LA. Bradley and Harris are serviceable players that fly well under the radar on the “franchise player index.” However, with Williams on a hot streak and Jordan continuing to do Jordan things, this quadruplet of players might not have signed the Clippers’ death sentence just yet.
Reports have surfaced that the Clips are shopping Jordan and Williams, however, ahead of the February 8 trade deadline. Should some more swaps emerge, the meter in Clipperville will inch closer towards “tanking/free-up-cap-space” but plenty remains to be seen for the second-best team in LA.
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