I don’t think we need to pay heed to the notion that, with the choice of Al Thornton, the Clippers are now redundant at the SF position and foolishly disregarded their pressing need for a point guard.   The corollary of this is that “the Clippers should trade Maggette” since, presumably, there isn’t room on a roster for both a sometimes brittle veteran small forward and a mid-first round rookie.  

Al Thornton is “NBA-Ready” in a relative sense, but it’s not as if he’ll be starting and playing 2,300 minutes this season.  Like almost all NBA rookies, Thornton will begin his pro career coming off the bench, and will be gradually eased into the rotation.

Trading Maggette on the premise that “we should get something since he’s going to walk after the season” doesn’t make a lot of sense.  The Clippers will be getting something – namely $8M in cap space for what promises to be one of the best free agent classes in recent memory.  Add Cassell’s $6.15M and Livingston’s $4.4M to Corey’s $8M, and you’ve got enough money to re-up Elton Brand, with a little left over for the 2008 Free Agency Buffet.  

In the meantime, for one of the better value contracts in the league, the Clippers get between 15 and 20 points from Maggette, scoring they’ll desperately need this season.