After winning the NBA Draft Lottery, the Los Angeles Clippers have a few decisions to make.
Will they do the obvious and pick Blake Griffin...or will they surprise the league by selecting Ricky Rubio?
Other scenarios include trading down to the third pick or possibly trading the pick for other established players.
Personally, I believe that the Clippers have countless options as to what they could do this summer. There are a few players that the Clippers need to move or at least entertain offers for.
Obviously, the Clippers are going to want Griffin to come in and start to make an immediate impact. By doing so, they will need to move Zach Randolph. If the Clippers are able to, I would consider pursuing a guy like Kirk Hinrich.
The Clippers could use a true point guard who won't take shots away from Gordon, Thornton, or Griffin—and Hinrich is just that. The Bulls would have to part ways with a guy like Tim Thomas or Jerome James to make a deal work.
Bringing in Hinrich would eliminate any need for Baron Davis. I would revisit the earlier trade possibility of swapping him with Corey Maggette. Maggette has shown that he's a great sixth man and he would take some pressure off of the starters in terms of scoring.
While there are other scenarios that the Clippers could explore, drafting Griffin is definitely a good choice. He's shown his ability to score, single-handedly win games, and almost all experts believe that he will be a stud in the NBA.
Trading Randolph and Davis, if it doesn't necessarily win you games, at least rids you of two very large egos. Not only are they ridding themselves of two hot heads, but they bring in players who will play very important roles for the Clippers.
There's no doubt that a lineup of Hinrich, Gordon, Thornton, Griffin, and Kaman would be a step in the right direction.
Can you say playoffs?
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