Sugene Lee

Close Call

In NBA: LA Clippers on December 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

Sunday night, CP3 trade talks erupted between Hornets and the Clippers. Clippers put in a proposal to the league to acquire CP3. Some sources said the Clippers were offering Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, Minn’s 1st-round pick, and either Eric Bledsoe or Eric Gordon. Thankfully, the Clippers realized the steep price Stern was asking for and rejected the trade. While I believe Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the league right now, I know for a fact that trading four or five players from the current Clippers roster was not worth it. He said he would opt-in, meaning he would stay for the next two seasons, but the problem is, would he stay after those two seasons or try going to his original preferred team, the Knicks? What happens if his knee problems kick in? Taking away those players may just destroy the Clippers’ chance of being a contender. In my opinion, it would have been an unbelievable starting 5 if Eric Gordon was not in the package deal, but David Stern was just asking for too much. For now, the Clippers have decided to walk away from CP3 trade negotiations, although, now the Clippers may have an advantage if Stern tries to negotiate another deal and give away less than the original trades.

Following the failure of acquiring CP3, the Clippers matched GSW’s offer for DeAndre Jordan right away. $43 million for 4 years is a lot of money for a player who wasn’t even making $1 million last year, but he has proven that he is capable of becoming one of the top centers in the league. Another addition to the team is Chauncey Billups- a veteran with championship experience. Less than a week before pre-season starts, the Clippers have a roster full of young stars as well as veterans.

Do I smell playoffs this season?

I think YES.

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