I frequent another forum and someone recently created a topic for discussion that was titled "Top Three Best and Worst Run Organizations." The Clippers, naturally, were on everyone's Three Worst list. It started to get me thinking, are the people running the Clippers really that bad? Have the moves they've made recently been atrocious? So, I decided that today was the day for me to go back and look at the last two year's worth of moves, or attempted moves. I'll only be looking at June 2008 through June 2010. That's recent moves, at least in my mind, for the front office and qualifies as something that has to do with the current state of the NBA. So, let's go.On July 15th of 2008, the Clippers traded for Marcus Camby from the Denver Nuggets for the right to swap second round picks in 2010. That pick was then sent to New York in a deal for Renaldo Balkman. The Knicks used the pick on Landry Fields. So, essentially, it was a three-team deal that saw the Knicks get Landry Fields, the Nuggets get Renaldo Balkman, and the Clippers get Marcus Camby. In all fairness, this was a trade that made sense at the time. The Clippers needed another low-post presence next to Kaman and Camby fit the bill.
On November 21st of 2008, the Clippers traded Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley to New York for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. The Clippers needed to beef up their front line scoring and did so by acquiring Z-Bo from the Knicks. He was later flipped to the Memphis Grizzlies for the expiring contract that was Quentin Richardson. Richardson was then sent to Minnesota for Sebastian Telfair, Craig Smith, and Mark Madsen. The Clippers waived Madsen.
On August 12th of 2009, the Clippers traded a future second round pick to New Orleans for Rasual Butler. We lacked a scoring option at small forward, at the time.
On February 17th of 2010, the Clippers traded Sebastian Telfair and Al Thornton in a three-team trade that brought back the expiring contract of Drew Gooden. This move opened up enough space in the offseason to sign a maximum salary free agent.
All in all, the Clippers have made some pretty good trades. There hasn't been a single bad one. When you take a look at what was given up in totality and then look at what was taken back, the Clippers made out very well. They got two players, Camby and Butler, for basically nothing. They cleared cap space for a maximum salary free agent. I think the Clippers front office has done pretty damn well lately. They also drafted Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, and Willie Warren. They were able to sign free agents such as Baron Davis, Ricky Davis, and Brian Skinner. They acquired Steve Novak from the Rockets for the right to swap second round picks in 2011. These were all low-risk moves that have paid off in more cases than not.
The only move in the last 24 months that the Clippers can look back on and say "We should have done more" was signing Kaleena Azubuike to an offer sheet that was matched by the Golden State Warriors. Outside of that, every move they've made has been, essentially, the correct move to make. Hindsight is 20-20 and the Clippers made the absolute right moves at the absolute right time. Since June 2008, the Clippers front office has been superb. I doubt anyone can find reason to hate on the Clippers front office. It's just not plausible to fault them for anything they've done.
Overall Grade (since June 2008): A