I don’t imagine any of us would be surprised if many fans around the league would laugh in scorn at the Clippers
for passing up a deal that would have had CP3 in his prime dishing up lobs to Griffin, Jordan, and the rest of the superb athletes in a Clippers uniform for the next couple of years. I just wanted to take the opportunity to express how proud I am of the Clippers for walking away from the whole fiasco. Give up EJ, Kaman, Aminu, Bledsoe, and the Minny pick for 2 years of CP3 (and the opportunity to extend him for a longer, more lucrative contract after the 2012-2013 season)? No thanks. If that makes us laughing stocks of the league, I’ll be happy to laugh along side our detractors as long as the Clips front office keeps their word and keeps the young core intact. Kaman, the senior member of the trade, is a legit skilled 7 footer in a league short on effective big men. When healthy, can someone tell me you couldn’t count on him to average at least 18/10 and hit more than 90% of his free-throws? Additionally, whoever gets Kaman gets a chance to offer him a longer, more lucrative contract than he would get elsewhere. His contract would be incredibly attractive by itself come the trade deadline. Bledsoe and Aminu are both on their rookie contracts and have so much talent that they won’t have any choice but to improve with each year of NBA experience. Imagine how good they could be in year three of their contract. Now imagine how much more we could get for one, not both, in a trade at that time. The Minny pick, with Adelman at the helm and some other good pieces in place in Minnesota, would still probably land us one of the top 6 picks in the 2012 draft that some say may compare favorably to the 2003 draft (which brought us LBJ, Melo, Wade, Bosh, DWest, and our very own Kaman). Should we give up a chance to draft (and keep for the remainder of a rookie scale contract) an Andre Drummond, Jeremy Lamb, Anthony Davis, Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Thomas Robinson, or Jared Sullinger? No. No. No. Thank you, but no thank you. Throw in EJ, on top of all that? Olshey, should pull down his pants, bend over and tell Stern, "With all due respect, kiss my a**".
Before the proposed trade, the future of the Clippers franchise is clear as it is bright--our young talent will blossom and come into their own while contracts for veterans leaving their prime expire and fall off the books. All the while adding new talent from the draft. Before the proposed trade, we would be able to start 4 former all stars and one FIBA gold medalist. We would be the standard on how to rebuild that used to be the Trailblazers and then the Thunder
. After the ridiculous trade, at best we would be on borrowed time even if CP3 extends. Let’s be clear: we would not win the NBA championship with Blake and CP3 without at least an EJ in uniform. Much less an empty bench. CP3 will walk. So will Blake. So, why go down this road…? Oh, that’s right, we didn’t. Best of luck to Stern and the Hornets
finding a new dance partner. Would like to stay, but all the pointless twirling around made us a little sick.