Like a bolt of lightning, the Blake Griffin trade deal struck, surprising everyone except the Clippers and Pistons management with whom they made the trade. As we watched a stunned Blake Griffin depart for his new team, we were reminded of how fickle and sudden trades can happen this time of year, although for a franchise player like Griffin to be moved without the hint of a notice, does not happen often. The Clippers are definitely in a rebuild now and some of the assets they got back from Detroit should help. But still, Griffin, a 6’10” forward who passes, scores more than 20 a game, and slashes, defends, and rebounds with the best of them, will be difficult to replace.
But again, it is that time of the year where playoff teams look to shore up their rosters, marginal teams must decide whether they are buyers or sellers, and weak teams look to shed salary and headaches and get a promise of a bright future in the form of draft picks in return for their serviceable or even star players. It is also the time when most sports bettors on betolimp try and figure out who will end up where so they know who to bet on. With this in mind, let’s look at what trades may take place before the trade deadline which is Thursday, February 8th:
Talk about the difference a year can make. In 2010 as a rookie Tyreke Evans scored more than 20 points a game and had the league thinking he was on his way to becoming a superstar. However his production across the board fell off and his defense never got going, causing many to think that the league had caught up with how to shut him down. Fast forward to 2017 and the Grizzlies have signed Evans to a one year bargain basement deal. The guard has responded with numbers rivaling his rookie season. He is 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting a career-best 39.2 per cent from deep.
Although there are still concerns about his defense and he is definitely streaky, Evans offers a high-level scoring punch off the bench for any team looking for it. And, from the activity going on around the league lots of teams are looking. He is getting love from Boston and Cleveland and the odds are he will be on a contender by next week.
Perhaps the Los Angeles Clippers are not done just yet. In another blockbuster trade being rumored, LA is said to be considering trading superstar center DeAndre Jordan. Last year DeAndre told reporters he wanted to be a Clipper for life however, in the NBA life has a different meaning sometimes. Because of his high salary of more than $24 million per for the next 2 years, any trade will be complicated but several teams including Portland are very interested. And why not, the big nam averages a league leading 14.9 rebounds per game and scores on 675 of his field goal attempts. He doesn’t bring and outside game but in the case of Portland with their star guards, Damian Lillard and CJ McCallum shooting the lights out, there is hardly a need.
With Orlando on pace for their sixth straight losing season and currently sitting with the second worst record in the league, the Magic have been exploring all of their options leading up to the Feb. 8 trade deadline and one of those options is to trade emerging superstar forward Aaron Gordon. The Blake Griffin prototype, Gordon was drafted No. 4 overall by the Magic in 2014, and is having his best season this year. The 22-year-old leads the team with 18.4 points and ranks second with 8.3 rebounds per game.
Rumor has it that Orlando is only putting feelers out because Gordon becomes a restricted free agent next year, but with so many teams sure to come calling for him, it might be in their interest to get something for him now if they are not intending to pay him later. Several teams have called including San Antonio and Detroit, and both has assets to trade.