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What if the CP3 trade didn't happen...

I can't recall if anyone has written this piece yet, but the thought still lingers of what path B would look like today even though I love that we have Chris Paul.

Before the trade last year, this is what our 14-man roster was going to look like:

Starters: Chauncey Billups / Eric Gordon / Caron Butler / Blake Griffin / DeAndre Jordan

Bench: Mo Williams / Eric Bledsoe / Randy Foye / Ryan Gomes / Al-Farouq Aminu / Chris Kaman / Brian Cook / Trey Thompkins / Travis Leslie

Some quick assumptions:

  • We don't get Reggie Evans, Kenyon Martin or Bobby Simmons later on because there isn't a real need since this team already has Aminu and Kaman.
  • We still get Nick Young for Brian Cook (considering this trade fell into our lap to complete a three-way).
  • This alternate timeline would have seen the Minny #1 pick turn into the #10 pick. Yum?
  • Chris Kaman doesn't get traded during the year (considering NOH couldn't move him)
  • Assume Lob City never becomes a catch phrase and the Clippers/Blake Griffin are not nearly as hated by the rest of the league like they are right now. Assume Griffin still gets some grief over his flopping tendencies.
Now for some discussion questions:
  1. Would this team have made the playoffs assuming Billups and EJ were healthy?

  2. What if Billups and EJ had endured the same injuries as they did this year?

  3. Who would we want at #10 with the Minny pick?

  4. What trade possibilities could we possibly target this offseason (Kaman/Mo expiring, #10 pick, Bledsoe, etc.)

  5. Would you actually prefer this alternate roster?

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