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Time for the Clippers to think big

Daniel Eade

Daniel Eade

Written on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 07:52

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Overshadowed by their Staples Centre co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers have never attracted the same attention that the Los Angeles Lakers receive.

The Clippers have always been the other team in LA, while the Lakers have had Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington and Larry David amongst their biggest fans.

As their roster stands the Clippers have an abundance of youth and will push for a playoff birth in 2012, but are still a few years away from seriously contending for an NBA championship and being second to the Lakers in the meanwhile.

The Clippers have Blake Griffin, a human highlight film every time he elevates off the ground, and he is untouchable no matter what or who is offered in exchange.

Outside of trading away Griffin, the Clippers should seriously explore the possibility of adding both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard to their roster.

Paul, from all reports wants to leave the New Orleans Hornets, and Howard, who is also believed to want a new start away from the Orlando Magic, would have to find it appealing to join Griffin in Hollywood and form their own big three.

Griffin, Paul and Howard would turn the Clippers into the Western Conference favorites and potentially NBA championship favoritism.

I propose the LA Clippers trade Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, their first round draft picks in 2013 and 2015 plus $1.5million to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul.

And then trade Eric Gordon, (a re-signed) DeAndre Jordan, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, the Minnesota Timberwolves unprotected first round pick in 2012 (which they own) plus $1.5million to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu.

This deal leaves the Clippers with only Griffin, Paul, Howard, Turkoglu, Mo Williams and Willie Warren on their roster but combined with the bright lights of LA LA land, the Clippers become an attractive destination for free-agents to fill out their roster.

Could the Clippers convince Shane Battier or Caron Butler to join this team?

The deal would have to be appealing for the Hornets who get a young point guard in Bledsoe, a young and gifted Aminu, Kaman's expiring contract ($12.2million) and two first round picks to use as the team rebuilds for the future.

The Magic would get Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan who they could build around alongside Jameer Nelson. Add a certain lottery pick (via Minnesota) into the mix and the Magic have a strong foundation going forward, plus they also would manage to get the final three years of Turkoglu's contract (worth approx $35million) off the books.

If the Clippers could pull this deal, it might lift them into the same stratosphere as the Lakers and make them a hot ticket around town.




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