I know everyone is freaking out right now about the fact that Chris Paul and Dwight Howard could potentially be playing for the Clippers come opening day, but I hope you are keeping a cool head. All this talk I've been hearing about trading Eric Gordon really scares me. Perhaps a Griffin/Howard or Griffin/Paul combo is better than Griffin/Gordon, but does grabbing a superstar outweigh what will be left of the team? I'm not convinced we should be willing to do whatever it takes to bring one of those superstar players over here, especially considering neither one of these teams is in any position to be making demands.
It's really simple, both of these teams are going to lose their star players and when push comes to shove no team in the league can make a better offer than the Clippers. They will make demands for Gordon and Jordan but there's no reason for you to put them on the table. All you need to do is say " We will give you Kaman's expiring contract, our first round pick from Minnesota, Aminu and Bledsoe." If they tell you "no," just tell them to find a better offer for rebuilding a team than that. Cap space, a top 10 draft pick, and two potential starters, honestly who has something better? That's the best offer around and come the trading deadline they may decide to take it. If they don't take it then we will move forward with a solid young core with great potential. Plus you never know, Paul or Howard may play for their teams the entire season and go into free agency next year, which will give you another chance to chase them again while keeping our core intact. :)