You can now say that the “Lob City” era in Los Angeles is no more. The reason is that the Clippers go to guy Chris Paul has been traded to the Houston Rockets in return for Patrick Beverly, Sam Decker, Lou Williams, and a 2018 1st rounder.
There are many conflicting reports in regards to how the trade took place. Sources have stated that Paul was intrigued by the idea of playing with James Harden and it would improve his chances of moving past the first round of the playoffs.
While another outlet is reporting the Chris Paul was frustrated by the fact that fellow teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are not the types of shooters that you need to take out the defending World Champions, the Golden State Warriors. To go along with the Chris Paul trade, star power forward Blake Griffin has added his name to the free agency pool this offseason.
So that means two of the key pieces to the Clippers roster will no longer be with them when the 2017-2018 season start on October 25th. With the possibility of Blake Griffin signing with another team this offseason along with the CP3 trade, the Clippers are now in rebuilding mode.
How long will that rebuild take solely depends on the plan of attack that the front office will use to make this team relevant in the West again? On the bright side, the Clippers have an aggressive owner who is willing to spend money on premier free agents in Steve Balmer.
Another positive note, with Balmer being the Clippers owner is that he stays in his lane and will let the front office do their job. The hiring of Jerry West as an adviser to the team will pay huge dividends in the foreseeable future. Clipper fans may endure a long season in 2017-2018, but the bright side is that the rebuild might end sooner than they know it.
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