What Is Next For The Clippers?
The Clippers have been on a rollercoaster for the last few years.
They had slowly moved their way to being the better team in Los Angeles, having numerous years that they were considered a favorite to win the Western Conference.
Then there were the seasons of underperforming. There were the injuries that derailed hopes for deep playoff runs.
Wednesday saw the trade of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. In return, the Clippers received Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations.
So what do they do now?
The Clippers had a justifiable big-3 with Paul, Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. With Chris Paul gone, this may raise the likelihood that Griffin and Redick could also leave.
The Clippers have shifted their main attention to bringing Griffin back. If they would lose out on Griffin, the team would almost certainly fall out of elite status into rebuild mode. Griffin is going to be a hot commodity on the open market.
The Clippers have one thing working in their favor. They have the ability to give Griffin a 5-year deal instead of the 4-year deals every other team would be able to give him.
They would have to rely on the fact that the extra money will be enough to keep Griffin in Los Angeles.
When it comes to J.J. Redick, he also has some options in terms of what he can do. Redick is a premier three-point shooter in the league and will be very popular in free agency.
There have already been rumors that the 76ers and Nets are both going to make a big push for Redick.
If there is any rumbling of Griffin moving, that will probably result in Redick making a move to a different team as well.
The move of Paul may be setting off a domino effect in the Clippers organization that could set them back not only in the conference but also in the city of Los Angeles. After all, the Lakers are playoff bound next year.