Clippers. Coming from a rebuilding team in Washington and with an active readership at Bullets Forever, I can only imagine our reaction in trading away an unprotected lottery pick during a rebuild having traded another first round pick the year before. And that's just the draft pick.
As you're likely tired of hearing, Baron Davis was awful for L.A. until Blake Griffin revived his love of the game. Here's where I ask you, the dedicated fans, is it true? Because if it is, you just traded for the ruin Lebron James left behind. Mo Williams will play, but is anyone banking on him playing that much better than Davis? Especially as a scoring guard playing opposite Eric Gordon? Especially when Griffin has been thriving off the lob?
So what's the upshot...savings? I hate to salt an open wound...but this seems to be the difference between having Donald Sterling versus Ted Leonsis as your owner. Sterling is jeopardizing on-court chemistry and selling an unprotected lottery pick (which are almost impossible to get...especially for essentially straight cash).
But the draft is weak! It's no secret the Clippers need another piece badly, and the bumper crop of quality SF in the draft promised another prospect besides Al-farouq Aminu, and if the balls bounced the right way, perhaps a starter. Maybe you don't want to take a flyer on another guy with more upside than ability, but when you can draft David Lee with the 30th pick, how can you fail to gamble in the lottery? And hell, if Sterling was so bent on cap relief, perhaps he could have traded the pick after the draft. The Nets seems to do ok with Derrick Favors. Or maybe you prefer ESPN's take.
But I don't want to end things on a sour note. I believe Mo Williams and Jamario Moon could integrate well and give L.A. the punch they need to finish strong. After all, I'm a Wizards fan, we hated Lebron James first, and the Cavaliers don't fare any better in our book. Hopefully I haven't offended anyone with my observations, and thanks again for the hospitality of your site.