The big names in the potential trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics are Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and possibly even Paul Pierce (although his inclusion is unlikely), but it seems the chances of the deal happening relies on the Clippers willingness to trade away Eric Bledsoe.
The Clippers want Doc Rivers, but the only way Boston are willing to agree to that (Rivers is hoping they will because he isn’t too keen on coming back now that the talent has run out of his team) is if LA send them Eric Bledsoe and a future first round-pick, even though it’s not going to be very high considering the Clippers’ current window for success.
What about Garnett? He seems to be included in the trade, but that would also mean DeAndre Jordan getting shipped away. Despite his dunking and blocking ability (1.4 last season), his lack of defensive discipline and lack of versatility on offense and in the post makes the Clippers not too sad to see him go away. But Bledose? They have big plans for him.
Not to mention being one of the best backups in the league (maybe the best, averaging 8.5 points and 3.1 assists last season), the Clippers see him as a future trading chip for something better than a $7 million per-year head coach, but that is only going to happen once Chris Paul signs his long awaited long-term extension, with no guarantees that he’s actually going to stay with the team.
As already mentioned, the Clippers are working another trade angle with the Los Angeles Lakers, although it’s quite unlikely to go through. The proposition goes like this: Dwight Howard signs with the Lakers and then gets traded to the Clippers for Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe.
Why not? Because the Lakers do not want to deal with the Clippers, not to mention give up on Howard, even via a sign & trade. For the Clippers, the big question is Blake Griffin. Up until now, he’s been considered as an untouchable player, and a huge part of the franchise’s future. But if the prize is Dwight Howard, they might be willing to give up on the best thing that has happened to them in the draft for a very long time.