I don’t understand why we didn’t see the Bledsoe/Paul backcourt combination for a single minute tonight after it worked so well last night. You’d think that you’d go back to the lineup that gave you a 28-3 run the last game, even if that is an obvious exaggeration of that units abilities.
Nice off-season talk in the end. I’m starting to think that it will be possible for the Clippers to be able to trade for Dwight Howard in the off-season without having to include Blake Griffin. The Clippers can offer the Magic some attractive assets, provide a big market for Dwight, and have two guys in Blake and CP3 that Dwight would likley want to commit long term with.
Clipper trade assets:
12 million in expiring contracts in:
Mo Williams –likely will opt in and would be a great stop gap replacement for Jameer Nelson who is rumored to likely opt out
Ryan Gomes–Last year of his deal makes him as attractive as he’ll ever be
Bundle these expiring contracts with DJ and Bledsoe, and the Clippers would have the flexibility to take back a bad contract like Hedo or two smaller ones in Duhon and Q-Rich included in an Dwight Howard deal
Deandre Jordan: Young defensive center who would fit well with Ryan Anderson
Eric Bledsoe: Exciting young pg in Bledsoe
The rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis –If the Magic trade Howard, they’ll need all the size they can get, and Sofo might be willing to come to a NBA team willing to pay, and Orlando doesn’t have a problem overpaying for players..
DJ would not fit in well with Ryan Anderson. Anderson is a good shooter but he gets so many wide open looks because D12 commands a double team and causes the opposing defense to collapse on him.
Plus give DJ a chance to work with a big man this summer to develop some post moves and work on his game. You forget that big men take 4-5 years to develop. DJ has already shown signs of improvement over last year. Bring in a real coach who will also coach DJ and things will be good.
I dont want Dwight on out team DJ and Bledsoe have only scratched the surface on how good they can be.Love the Sofoklis mention though.
Haha. Thats the worst trade package for Dwight I’ve ever heard. The Magic wouldn’t be getting 1 decent 2 way player.
Bledsoe is a bench guy because he’s turnover prone.
DeAndre is good at being a 7 footer, but has no offensive game whatsoever unless its a lob.
Ryan Gomes – you mean a guy that can’t get off the Clippers bench is going to mean big things to Orlando?
And Mo Williams – a microwave player who should play spot – not big minutes – because he’s terrible on defense?
I’m pretty sure 30 other teams (not the Bobcats), could make a better offer to Orlando for Dwight than that.
Nate Mcmillan should be the next coach.Jerry sloan ,and JEFF Van Gundy would be my only other options. Nate did a good job with what he had in Seattle and Portland.He schooled Lemarcus Aldridge really well and most importantly he’s a defensive coach(which is where we need help). He’ll also be one of the assistant coaches in the olympics this summer so it will be interesting to see how Chris Paul and Blake relate to Nate’s coaching(or D Antoni even who will be there as well).
We basically need a defensive minded coach because as everyone knows that’s what wins championships.If only we would’ve signed Dwayne Casey oh well.
*Vinny’s done a decent job lately but I definitly dont want him back though
One thing we all need to keep in mind re: the coaching situation is that there is a TON we don’t know. Personalities between coaches and players — especially stars, which the Clippers presently have two of — can be very complicated, and you better believe Neil Olshey is taking that into account.
His top priority is building around Paul and Griffin, and if, say MacMillan or Stan Van Gundy don’t appeal to either of them, well, they probably don’t stand a chance of getting the job. And that’s before even considering the “sterling Factor,” which we addressed in the video, and includes such factors as money and meddling. Not to mention, Olshey’s contract situation isn’t certain, so that gives even more reason to wonder about what the decision will be and who will be making it.
No way Orlando wants to make a trade with the players suggested. The Magic would go from a playoff team to a lottery loser. Great trade for the Clippers, but it won’t happen. Too many better options will be available to Orlando if they choose to trade Howard.
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