Posted by tankathon on February 18, 2017 at 23:48:36:
In Reply to: Re: Trade for who? posted by Draft Pics on February 17, 2017 at 10:57:42:
: : : : : Is it time to trade CP3 while we can get something for him? He's always injured but still great so we can get value. The Clips isn't coming out of the west. Anyone else think that it's time?
: : : : He's a top 3 point guard in the league so who would you trade for? The injuries are getting annoying but he's still a great player when he's on the floor.
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: : : The Clippers are the Clippers. They are cursed. Every year someone crucial gets hurt - CP3, Blake, both. It's been that way ever since they came to Los Angeles (hello Danny Manning).
: : : They should have tried to work out a Blake for Durant trade when he was in OKC. Or tried to push the CP3 for Kyrie one that was floated around. Both of those ships have passed.
: : : But the real problem is they need to move. Should have moved to Honda Center years ago. Now they should just move to Seattle and become the Sonics.
: : : LA is and always will be a Lakers town. Clippers need to get out of their shadow. The Clippers are really good and the Lakers are really horrible, but all anyone talks about is the Lakers.
: : : And let's not talk about the banner situation. People with banners at Staples Center - Lakers, Kings, Sparks, Taylor Swift. People with selfies: Clippers.
: : : I know it sounds silly, but it's true.
: : People rip the Lakers for trading away all those draft picks, but the Clippers traded an unprotected 2011 lottery pick that became Kyrie Irving months later - just to rid themselves of Baron Davis. Then Bledsoe for Redick, while Bledsoe had two years left on a rookie scale contract.
: : Clippers won't move because the value of the franchise, but when Doc resigns in a year or two, maybe the players will wish they'd moved.
: One of the things they should have fixed in the new CBA was doing away the "protected draft pick".
: You either trade the pick or you don't.
: Cuts down on tanking.
Usually teams that aren't expected/expecting to be bad ask for lottery protection(Brooklyn was dumb enough to not ask). This year, I believe only the Lakers have lottery protection among any non-playoff team that owes picks to another.
With the Lakers, a series of disastrous decisions(hiring D'Antoni to coach a triangle offense team) and unbelievably bad luck(Kobe's, Nash's injuries) sent them down the shitter. Phoenix and Orlando didn't expect the Lakers to become bottom dwellers or they wouldn't have allowed the Lakers to negotiate lottery pick protection.
Essentially the only team that has outright tanked is the 76ers, Hinkie traded/cut anyone who could help them the past three years. The Lakers are young and inexperienced, had a rough road stretch after a hot start, and played without a healthy backcourt for about a month.
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