$171m superstar traded in National Basketball Association blockbuster
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 30, 2018,
Jan 30, 2018, 17:49
Griffin did not have a no-trade clause in his contract.
The Clippers drafted him first overall out of Oklahoma. We'll have plenty of time to worry about the basketball implications of this move, but for now let's look back on last summer, when L.A. lured him into a five-year, $173 million contract with promises the front office clearly never meant to keep. He's scheduled to make $31.8 million next season, $34 million in 2019-20, $36.5 million in 2020-21 and has a player option for $38.9 million in 2021-22. Griffin, who has battled injuries all year, is an interesting choice.
He was a free agent in the offseason, and met with team owner Steve Ballmer, president and coach Doc Rivers, special consultant Jerry West and several players at Staples Center in a celebration of his career.
This trade comes just over a week before the February 8 league deadline.
Marjanovic, 7-foot-3, has played in 19 games this season. This number drops down to $14.8 million on the final year of the deal. You're making millions and probably don't know much better.
Jordan is excellent at being a garbage man, finishing lobs, putbacks or pick-and-roll dives to the rim with dunks; but he's not someone the Clippers have ever run their offense through. Hours after reports the Detroit Pistons were willing to deal Avery Bradley, the team included him in a trade. They are 25-24 and on the periphery of the playoff race. Apparently guard Lou Williams and center DeAndre Jordan are also both being shopped around at the moment, with the Clippers wanting to go to a younger route moving forward.
The simulations after the trade don't show dramatic improvements for either team. I'm just not seeing how they thrive with the Clippers, given the system, supporting cast and dysfunction surrounding the team.