NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Clippers Need to Move Mo Williams

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterDecember 23, 2011

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Given the roster they are currently working with, the Los Angeles Clippers would seem to have an embarrassment of riches.

This is a good thing for two reasons. The first and most obvious is that it means their roster is deep and talented, and teams with deep and talented rosters tend to win basketball games.

But it also means that the Clippers can keep dealing if they so choose. All they have to do is determine which guys are expendable.

In this regard, Mo Williams sticks out like a sore thumb. He was an All-Star at one point, but on this Clippers team he's more like a third wheel. With him, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Eric Bledsoe in the mix, the Clippers have four guys who can play the point. Between the four of them, Williams is the odd man out.

They might as well ship him out. Conveniently,'s John Hollinger has an idea as to what the Clippers can do with Williams.

Here's what Hollinger wrote in a Thursday chat session:

Wouldn't be surprised to see [Williams] go to New Orleans for Trevor Ariza. Clippers need either a wing defender or a better backup big man. (Reggie Evans is pretty much replacement level, although he's awesome compared to Brian Cook).

This is admittedly more of a theory than it is a rumor, but it's a sound one. The Hornets could use another point guard, and Trevor Ariza would be a good guy for the Clippers to target because of the reasons Hollinger mentioned.

Now, the obvious question concerning this theory is whether or not David Stern would allow it. After the stunt he pulled with the Los Angeles Lakers' attempt to get CP3, my guess is that he wouldn't want it to look like the Clippers were using the Hornets as their own personal farm team. 

The difference this time around—and this would be good news for the Clippers if they decide to pursue Ariza—is that Williams for Ariza wouldn't be a landscape-changing trade, a la the CP3 trade. There would be no reason for Stern to nix the deal.

But, once again, this is all in theory.

Regardless, the best place for Williams is not in Los Angeles (at least, not with the Clippers). He could no doubt pitch in, but it doesn't make sense for the Clippers to be so loaded at one position and thin at four others. The Clippers can get something for Williams, so they may as well go get it.

The trade deadline is March 15, so the Clippers can mull this over for a while if they so choose.

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