The Los Angeles Clippers shocked basketball world by completing a huge blockbuster trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, meaning they’re pretty much likely to just enter full tank mode from now on.
Following Chris Paul’s departure, Blake Griffin signed a huge extension with the team as their new franchise cornerstone, but considering they were also very likely to lose DeAndre Jordan and they have been quite banged up with injuries, the team’s front office believed that Blake had no more place at the Staples Center.
As odd as it may seem, they may not be wrong at all, but obviously some other players have to be moved as well. The aforementioned DeAndre is a prime candidate, but the most attractive player they currently own is actually Lou Williams.
Lou Williams has been on a tear all year long and many people even expected him to be an All-Star this year, posting averages of 23.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game on 45% shooting and 39% from beyond the arc.
We’ve all seen what Williams’ capable of, coming off the bench as a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate. So tonight, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 destinations for him to go.
5. Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are pretty likely to miss the playoffs this year, but actually they have a very nice core in Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and Nicolas Batum, so his addition (either off the bench or starting) could be a huge boost for Buzz City.
Charlotte has always struggled to put the ball in the bottom of the nets and we all know Lou can score in bunches. Also, they got the kind of young assets to try and make this move interesting for the rebuilding Clippers as well.
4. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are yet another sluggish team, but they could make the postseason if things fall apart for the New Orleans Pelicans and they make a nice run upon Seth Curry’s and Nerlens Noel’s (if they don’t trade him) return.
Wesley Matthews has been pretty much all over the place throughout the entire campaign and it’s pretty safe to state that Harrison Barnes is pretty much a bust, so Williams could bring them a much-needed sharpshooter to try and make a playoffs push.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have been quite aggressive in trade talks all year, even landing Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns and deciding to part ways with Jason Kidd as they believe their team should be higher on the standings.
Truth to be told, the Bucks are extremely talented, and they’re on the verge of Jabari Parker’s return, so adding Lou Williams alongside Brogdon, Parker and Maker in the team’s second unit could definitely lift them past most of the teams in the East.
2. New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday has thrived off the ball with Rajon Rondo handling the playmaking duties at times, but many people have wondered if this team would actually fare better if Rajon was pulling the strings in the second unit.
Upon Williams’ arrival, Jrue could once again be the team’s primary ball handler with Rondo leading the bench, or he could thrive on his usual role as the sixth man and provide that kind of stroke from beyond the arc the Pelicans have missed so badly this year.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are a huge mess right now. People are pointing fingers at each other, teammates are mad at Kevin Love, Isaiah Thomas and Tyron Lue, and they simply can’t shake off the defensive woes that have hurt them so bad all season long.
So, with the Cavs keen to make as many moves as they need to get the ship back on track, Lou Williams could be a huge addition to lead this team’s second unit, as they’ve mightily struggled to get anything going on the offensive end of the floor despite having both Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade on their ranks.