Let's Make A Deal!
This is the first in a two part series of my NBA General Manager dreams & aspirations. Since I was a little boy watching & playing basketball I've always fantasized about being a GM & did the, "they should trade so & so there for him & him & that.." you know the average thoughts of a young NBA fan. With all the trades & free agent signings as teams rebuild in anticipation of next season, it inspired to come up with some interesting trades that could benefit all teams involved.
There are various reasons why the deals haven't been made or probably even broached for that matter. Now I'm not basing any of this on rumor or innuendo, it's just my opinion on how some teams can alter their positions in various ways if they have the guts to do it.
Before you shake your head wondering why in the world the Clippers would ever consider trading Griffin, you have to keep in mind, while he is an absolute freak of nature on the court, he lacks 2 major pieces to his game: a face up jumper & a low post move. If you read enough of my articles you know I'm a firm believer that the low post is synonymous to winning titles. Aldridge however is easily one of the best low post players in the game. While you won't get all the highlight Lob City plays out of him, you will get an effective & efficient scorer who would fit perfectly with the Clippers star, point guard Chris Paul & all their outside shooters.
The Trailblazers on the other hand have a great PG as well in Damion Lillard & Griffin would be able to do pretty much the same thing he's done to this point in LA. They could utilized all their speed & athleticism with those two & promising rookie CJ McCollum. Griffin obviously would be a big draw for the club & would generate huge revenue as well. He'd instantly become the Blazers most dynamic player since Clyde "The Glide" Drexler.
The Kings would have to add some money to fit it into the salary cap, so you might need a third team to get involved to make it work. If you're Sacramento though, you could rid yourself of a talented but troublesome player in Cousins for a model citizen in Aldridge. Even if they're reluctant to take on the remaining money on Aldridge's contract, it only has two years remaining. You could keep him long enough for his leadership to rub off on a young locker room & still be able to move him going into the final year of his deal. Aldridge may not be happy about a deal to Sacramento since according to Batum who in a tweet dismissed the idea stating that Aldridge just "wants the team to get better".
Stay tuned, in the next few days I'll be releasing part II of the series Let's Make A Deal. I promise you there will be a deal that will surprise you...