I know this is a stretch, but both Clippers, Lakers and Boston (3 arch enemies) are all looking at first round exits, which should result in some serious soul-searching for all three teams. With the emergence of OKC and Miami, with NY, Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston and Golden State only improving, perhaps it’s time to look at a bit of cooperation, for a few weeks.
How about this trade:
Boston gets: Deandre Jordan and Jodie Meeks.
Why? They save money long term - about 20 million, while being able to start from scratch in the summer of 2015, unless they unload Jordan as an expiring deal the year before. In Jordan they get a real physical presence at the 5, which they really need and they get a cheap replacement for Lee in Meeks. With this squad, they put themselves in a good position to make a push the next two seasons with their current team.
Lakers gets: Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe, Courtney Lee
Lakers give up the best C in the league for the best PF in the league and gets very athletic in the process. Bledsoe and Lee would make the Lakers’ backcourt one of the best defensively. We’d still have to spend money on a wing or two, but this would be a fun team. The problem is the summer of 2014, where landing a big-time FA is a bit more difficult - bot not impossible.
Clippers gets: Dwight Howard, Jeff Green, Chris Duhon.
Why? The clips would be able to put together their own big 3 in CP3, Howard and Green surrounded by solid roleplayers in Crawford, Billups, Barnes, Butler and Odom. That's basically it.