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Anything is possible as Clippers approach the NBA trade deadline

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By Elliott Teaford

Now what? Where do the Clippers go from here, after trading Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons on Monday? Will they make more moves before the NBA’s trade deadline next Thursday, possibly dealing center DeAndre Jordan and/or high-scoring sixth man Lou Williams?

Anything is possible, as Lawrence Frank said.

Everything is open for discussion, as Doc Rivers said.

“We were fun, we were exciting, but we didn’t get it done,” Rivers said.

The Clippers’ breakup, while shocking and heartbreaking to some, was the best way forward, according to Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations, and Rivers, the coach. Those two, plus special consultant Jerry West and team owner Steve Ballmer, wanted a fresh start.

Granting future Hall of Famer Chris Paul his trade demand last summer was the first step.

Trading Griffin was the second.

It remains to be seen if further steps will be taken before next Thursday’s deadline.

Frank is likely to spend the bulk of his waking hours until then on the phone with his counterparts around the league, pitching deals and listening to others make offers. The Cleveland Cavaliers are said to be interested in Jordan and Williams, for instance.

The Clippers are in search of talented young players and draft picks. They also want to shed payroll and create financial flexibility that could land them high-caliber free agents, especially in 2019. It’s possible they could pursue LeBron James and/or Paul George this coming summer, though.

Anything is possible.

Everything is open to discussion.

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