The NBA trade deadline has officially come and gone with plenty of teams getting involved in the action to upgrade their squads for the second half of the NBA regular season. The first domino to fall on the day of the deadline was the Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis.
A couple of years ago, the Clippers made a free agent deal with Baron Davis in what was thought to be the beginning of a new era of basketball for arguably the worst team in the league. Despite Davis being a great addition to the team at the time, the Clippers never really got going with BD running the point until this season with the addition of rookie phenom Blake Griffin and a vastly improved Eric Gordon.
The future of the Los Angeles Clippers appears to be bright with Griffin and Gordon leading the way, but Baron Davis was apparently not in their long term plans as they decided to trade the former All-Star point guard to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.
Reportedly, the trade will send Baron Davis and a 2011 first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for point guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon. This was obviously an attempt to unload Baron Davis’ contract which is set to pay him $13 million for the rest of this season and $28 over the next two years. Even though Davis has improved his play a bit playing alongside Griffin, the Clippers felt they had to make a move and make it now.
Mo Williams is a solid point guard and will be a great addition to the backcourt for the Clippers, but he is a shoot-first guard and might not be what this team needs moving forward. Ironically enough, the one player in this deal which could turn out to be the most beneficial for the Clippers is forward Jamario Moon.
It will be interesting to see what the Los Angeles Clippers do from here on out as they would love to bring in a big-name free agent this summer or the next to surround Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin with the kind of talent they need to get to the next level. They will most likely be going after Chris Paul, Dwight Howard or Deron Williams when or if they become free agents, but in the meantime their goal will be to be playoff bound next season.
As of right now, the Clippers seem to be a much better squad than people anticipated as Blake Griffin has quickly turned into a superstar and arguably one of the best forwards in the league. Even though the Clippers are on the up and up, they will most likely miss the playoffs once again with 21-37 record and little to no hope of clinching the eighth spot in the Western Conference.