Compared to other sports, the NBA is known for it’s unpredictable nature when it comes to player movement — at least in the past 4-5 years or so anyway — as free agency and the trade period yield crazy results every season, with at least one move happening that no one saw coming.
Well, it looks like that unpredictable move could be taking shape right as we speak.
After a surprising start to the season without All-Star Chris Paul, the Clippers were looking like playoff hopefuls through the first 10 games of the season or so.
Then the injury bug struck.
Major injuries to almost the entire Clippers starting five — minus DeAndre Jordan — derailed LA’s season right off the bat, and there are now calls for the Clips to blow everything up and trading away anything of value, including the likes of DeAndre Jordan, and now apparently Blake Griffin.
Rumors have come out of nowhere suggesting the Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves have been in talks for a swap between Griffin and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Sources: The Los Angeles Clippers proposed a blockbuster deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves involving forward Blake Griffin and center Karl-Anthony Towns. Full story coming on @BBallInsiders.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 13, 2018
Now, I know about the saying “if you don’t ask, you don’t know,” but this is on a whole new level.
Surely the Clippers knew a deal like this was never going to be accepted by the Timberwolves, right?
Obviously, Minnesota shut down the talks pretty much as soon as they answered the phone call from LA, via Basketball Insiders:
“The trade proposal didn’t advance past an exploratory call from the Clippers as Minnesota declined, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Minnesota views Towns, the former No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft, as a franchise-caliber player and a vital piece of the future who is not for sale at this time.”
Not only is Towns younger than Griffin, proving him to be more valuable to the Wolves compared to the 28-year-old Griffin, but he is ten times more reliable in terms of health, as Griffin has been marred with injuries almost his entire career, whereas KAT hasn’t had a major injury to speak of, playing every single game of his career thus far.
On top of his raw potential, Towns is also — through this season at least — a far superior rebounder (7.7 for Griffin, 12.0 for Towns), as well as a more efficient scorer and rim protector.
Regardless, you have to admire the Clippers bravery to suggest such a move, despite how utterly dumbfounding it is.