Elgin Baylor, Dunleavy, then we get the guy leftover so Sterling didnt have to pay anyone else. Througout this whole thing I restarted my twitter account to keep up and checked ClipsNation blog about a million times. I kept saying that we dont need to give in... I would be happy as long as we didnt trade EJ. We already got a championship type PG in Billups, we increased our leverage. No way we give up both EJ and the Minny pick. So my first reaction when I saw we traded for Chris Paul- joy and excitement. When i saw we traded EJ: still joy and excitement.
Im sure Olshey didnt want to trade EJ, but this was our chance. So then I read this on twitter
Players union could've used LAC GM Neal Olshey negotiating for them. Who else can say they made the commissioner blink?
And i really thought about it. Olshey is a really good GM. Turns out the Lakers were working on a 4 team trade that wouldve landed them Chris Paul today, according to reports (what i heard on 710). How pissed off would we be if the Lakers got him after all of this. So Olshey could've held out and insisted on keeping EJ. But star-power is key in this league. Keeping Griffin in key. Olshey made it happen unlike any previous Clippers GM. We now have 2 studs to work with and incredible starting lineup of CP3/Billups/Butler/Griffin/DJ. I think he did an excellent job, all things considered. And when we win it all this year, Olshey should get executive of the year. :)