Clipper Trade: What Happened?


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Jan 24, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots the ball over Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes (46) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Emerson Marquez, Staff Writer

The Clippers have recently traded arguably their best player away to the Detroit Pistons, and there is an argument going on whether that was the right choice for the Clippers.

The trade happened two weeks and it involved trading Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, and forward Brice Johnson. For these three players that used to play for the Pistons, the guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, and center Boban Marjanovic and also a future first round pick.

Trades sometimes come with their select drama such as Griffen only finding out he was traded from his twitter. “Basketball is a business, the NBA is a business, and they made a decision,” Griffin told ESPN. “The only thing I just wish I had known or had the opportunity to talk to somebody beforehand. Finding out through Twitter, through other people is a tough way to find out when you’ve been with a franchise for so long. But at the end of the day, basketball is a business, and I want to play where a team wants me. And that’s why I’m excited about being here.”

Also a rumor came out that the Clippers were going to trade DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams witch would confirm that they would start playing for lottery balls. But Doc Rivers was fast to stop the rumor, he stated, via ESPN that,”We make this trade and then everybody thinks we’re just trading everybody away. That’s not true. But that’s what’s out there. Sometimes you can’t control the narrative. You just can control your job, and that’s what I have to do.”

But the thing with the trade is that if you look at it with a non-emotional view (Clipper fan) it was actually a well calculated trade that could boost them to the play-offs.

Because Griffin was getting old and the team knew that he was prone to certain health problems so they saw fit to give themselves three stable players and a future draft pick, and the draft pick could pick up someone that can compete with Griffin.

Also, the Clippers reportedly think that they think they have a chance of getting Lebron James or other good players.