If things don’t work out for the Los Angeles Clippers next season, team president and head coach Doc Rivers might be forced to disband Lob City once and for all.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have player options for the 2017-18 season. They could opt out of their contracts next summer to become unrestricted free agents. If the Clippers want to move on from their daring duo and get reasonable assets in return, they should move the two between now and the trade deadline in February.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics are rumored to be interested in Griffin’s services. Both squads have the necessary pieces to offer a tantalizing trade package to the Clippers.
Recently, the Chicago Bulls have shoved themselves into the Blake Griffin sweepstakes. There have been talks that the Bulls would make a hard push at the high-leaping power forward, as per Basketball Insiders.
The Bulls reportedly want to acquire Griffin before the trade deadline. If that won’t happen, they will try to persuade him to come to the Windy City via free agency.
Tom West of Clipper Holics noted that the current Bulls roster may not be enough to attract Griffin. Of course, the Bulls could pitch the idea of playing him alongside rising star Jimmy Butler. However, the anti-floor-spacing back court duo of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade may turn him off.
There are other teams who would be a better fit for the hyper-athletic big man. But if there’s anything the Bulls front office showed us this offseason, it’s that they are more than capable of pulling off an unexpected free agency signing.
The Bulls could orchestrate a few moves before next summer to at least make their sales pitch to Griffin a bit more intriguing.
Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors has instantly turned the Western Conference into a one-team show. Upcoming free agents such as Paul and Griffin might come to the conclusion that they would have a better shot at a title if they form or join a super team in the East.