With the NBA trade deadline arriving on Thursday, there’s a possibility of some big names getting dealt. One in particular is Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin.
Griffin is out at least two months with a broken hand after punching a member of the Clippers’ training staff last month, and thus might be better off playing elsewhere. If the Clippers decided to make Griffin available, here are five teams that should trade for him.
Potential trade: Kevin Love for Blake Griffin
Here we go again with the Cavaliers trying to create the most devastating trio in the NBA, only this time it’s Griffin they’re after. Love, meanwhile, returns to southern California where he made a name for himself after one season at UCLA.
Griffin would be an upgrade over Love, who has struggled to fit in with the Cavaliers. But only if Cleveland is willing to wait for Griffin’s hand to heal. The Clippers, on the other hand (no pun intended), could use Love right now as their go-to man on offense.
Potential trade: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Jared Sullinger and two first-round picks for Blake Griffin
This deal sets up the Clippers for short and long-term success, while adding some star power to the Celtics’ lacking lineup. Bradley, Crowder and Sullinger, all 25 or younger, average big minutes for Boston and would do the same in Los Angeles, where depth is sorely needed. The Clippers would also receive two first-round picks in 2016 to build towards the future with.
As for the Celtics, they get one of the league’s premier big men to pair with All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who is getting better as a passer.
Potential trade: Al Horford and Kyle Korver for Blake Griffin
The Hawks are considering trading Horford, along with some of their core players, but only for a steep price, which is said to be “borderline ridiculous” according to Yahoo’s Chris Mannix. Perhaps Griffin, a five-time All-Star, would suffice.
In return, the Clippers would get Horford, one of the Eastern Conference’s best two-way big men for years, and Korver, who is top-ten in 3-point field goals made all-time.
New York Knicks
Potential trade: Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin
For this trade to work, Anthony would have to approve, and be willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract. Even after New York fired head coach Derek Fisher this month, Anthony said he’ll continue to put his trust in the Knicks and in team president Phil Jackson. But joining a contender in Los Angeles could be the closest Anthony gets to a championship.
Griffin, meanwhile, would team up with rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis to form one of the most exciting front-court pairings in the NBA. It would be dunks for days, and it would be awesome.
Potential trade: Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker and Mirza Teletovic
According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns are motivated to honor Morris’ desire for a trade —and have no intention of bringing him back next season—but they want a package deal to include a younger player and a first-round pick. However, if Griffin was the younger player they were dealing for, there would be no need to include a first-round pick.
Morris wants out of Phoenix after the Suns traded his twin brother, and the Clippers could use a quality shooting big man to space the floor. A year ago, Morris was shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3, while averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. But if Griffin were to sign a long-term deal with Suns, might the Clippers regret sending him to an opponent they play four times during the year?