Chris Paul informed the Los Angeles Clippers that he would walk in free agency if he wasn’t traded and they complied sending him to the Houston Rockets marking the ending of the Lob City era.
Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick and $661,000. Paul knew his window for winning a ring with the Clippers had closed and he decided to make a change. Now without Paul, the Clippers may very well be a lottery team next season. He was the engine that made everything go.
Unbelievable amount of emotions right now.. pic.twitter.com/1FB7ade7uC
— Chris Paul (@CP3) June 28, 2017
With CP3 out of L.A., rumors immediately began to surface about free agent Blake Griffin’s future as a Clipper. It took no time for Isaiah Thomas to recruit him to join the Boston Celtics. L.A., on the other hand, will look to retain Griffin because losing both of their stars will not just make the Clippers a lottery team but make them irrelevant once again. CBSsports.com reports that L.A.’s focus will be keeping Griffin.
The Clippers are down one star as Chris Paul is being traded to the Rockets. They also appear to be losing J.J. Redick, who says he doesn’t plan to re-sign with Los Angeles. However, the Clips are planning to focus all their efforts on re-signing Blake Griffin, who told the team that he was set to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent.
Whether Blake stays in L.A. or not won’t matter. With Paul gone they don’t have any chance of competing with the league’s elite. It may be better for the Clippers to blow the whole thing up and begin to rebuild. The worst thing you can be in the NBA is just an ok team. It only benefits organizations to be elite or lottery bad. And as I once told my friends who are Clipper fans, the Los Angeles Lakers will be formidable and win again before the Clippers win anything. Today that statement is as right as ever. Sorry Clipper nation, Lob City is no more.