First off, don't get me wrong---the last few games have been great! Best part of the season to this point! Really surprising, considering RR and Sully injuries, and unexpected. However--trying to keep things in context a bit--5 of those 6 games were played at home, against some pretty bad teams, or the Clips minus CP(who have been pretty bad without him!). The Heat took a Hurculean effort to just barely pull it out, ON OUR HOME COURT! So while this little streak has been fun, let's not get carried away.
After our next game against Denver, we start a stretch of 10 of 13 ON THE ROAD! Also the 3 at home are against some pretty decent teams(Chi,GS, and Atl). Problem is most of that schedule is AFTER the trade deadline!!! I'm afraid that Danny is lured into believing that this recent run is the real deal, does nothing, and then we start going down the tubes when the schedule gets tougher, and then it's too late to do anything!
I just keep looking down the road, post KG/PP(whether that is after this season, or next perhaps), and things look REALLY grim!!! RR, damaged goods right now(though he should be back full strength in time), Sully(he will never be the same--and we should trade him for whatever we can get as soon as he comes back!), nothing for KG/PP, and only a single draft pick this year! Doesn't leave you with a whole lot! And not much of anything to do future deals with either--RR,AB, and maybe JG if he continues to step it up and gets to that next level!
Just terrified if Danny doesn't move now we're in big trouble! We've got four games before the deadline, so how we do in them could also have a big impact on his thinking!
What trades for either pierce or KG have you seen that have been super enticing though?
Forgive me for not jumping out of my chair for deandre jordan and eric bledsoe, or anything pierce might fetch at this point.
There is no reason to trade our core now just for the sake of getting a few role players. You're not speeding up the rebuild process by acquiring mediocre to average assets for pierce and garnett. The way to properly rebuild is to either trade your core for high draft picks (which aint gonna happen now), or after your core leaves/retires, suck it up big time to get early lottery picks, which you can then develop or trade for a new core.
They are simply too old to trade for
Not much point in trading them if they're still great players and have close to no worth.
If you put deandre jordan on a crap team it will still be a crap team. Without blake griffin and chris paul that clippers unit is absolutely nowhere. Not even close to the playoffs. You may aswell get a cheaper guy to fill his spot, and get minutes into your draft picks/rookie contracts during your rebuild.
The funny thing is how people are salivating for Bledsoe and Jordan, yet the Clippers have been struggling even though they have a roster loaded with talent, just because Chris Paul has been injured.
Exactly right. Chris Paul offsets the lack of offensive creativity from del negro, but when he gets injured (which is quite a bit), the offense looks ugly, real ugly.
As for Jordan, he has elite athleticism and gets a fair few rebounds because of it. He has very little offensive game though, and can't shoot free throws.
Bledsoe has great athleticism aswell and plays great defense, but in the end he is really just an undersized shooting guard that can't shoot very well.