Missing out on Kevin Durant but signing Al Horford clearly didn’t quench Danny Ainge‘s quest for a big name talent. Keith Smith of RealGM reported that the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings are rumored to be orchestrating a three-team trade. (The first tweet has a typo. Here’s the correct one.)
The main pieces of the trade are Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, and Jae Crowder; Gay would go to LAC, Griffin to Boston, and Crowder to Sacramento. Boston is in a great position for next season with all their assets and a huge amount of space in their salary cap. The end of the 2017 season could see BG opt out of his contract with Clippers, and the Clippers might not see a reason to trade him since they’re one of the top teams out West. However, it’s uncertain if Griffin would want to hang around since they haven’t had much success in recent years.
Even with forming their “Big 3” with DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, the Clippers have had issues in the postseason and haven’t made it past the West Semifinals since the conception of their three-headed monster.
Now Boston’s cap space comes in.
The Clippers are expected to be over the cap next summer, according to Spotrac. Boston is going to have upwards of $20 million. Making a run at Blake is entirely feasible, and what’s also feasible is that Griffin takes the max to play there since they already have a phenomenal, young team. More importantly, he’d have a better shot at going deep in the playoffs because he would, arguably, make the C’s the second-best team in the East.
His offensive game would make Boston a huge threat on that side of the ball. Both Horford and Blake can play inside-out, so the odds of the paint being clogged are slim. Moreover, the offense can run through Griffin either from the elbow of the top of the key, allowing scorers like Isaiah Thomas to work off the ball and get more catch-and-shoot shots. Lastly, the pick-and-roll would be almost as deadly as it is now between Paul and Griffin. Defensively, Griffin’s game could elevate since Brad Stevens runs a remarkable system on that side of the court.
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