Los Angeles Clippers, facing the risk of 'disappearing' in 2021

Paul George's operation deprived them of their draft rounds from 2022 to 2026. Both the forward and Kawhi could be gone in two summers.


Los Angeles Clippers have been located overnight as the main candidates to win the ring of NBA next season. The arrival from the free agency of Kawhi Leonard and the operation so that Paul George landed in the angelina franchise from Oklahoma City Thunder have created a new superpower in the West capable of beating in the next exercise the Lakers of LeBron and Anthony Davis; to the Rockets of Harden and Chris Paul; and the Warriors of Curry and Russell (in the absence of the medical evolution of Klay Thompson) .

But there is a terrifying future risk after the decision of Kawhi to sign an agreement with the Angelinos for the same time that George has left in his contract : three seasons, the last of which is a player option , which would allow both of them to go on the market in the summer of 2021 at the same time.

Five rounds of the draft

If they decide to leave the ship, the Clippers would find themselves before a colossal problem because to bring to the eaves from Oklahoma, they mortgaged all their future: draft of 2021 is the last until 2027 in which they will have safe participation. In between, the darkest night. The angelina franchise sent to the American Midwest Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and multiple picks: three first-round without protection (2022, 2024 and 2026), two first-round via Miami (2021 and 2023, this one protected from 1 to 14) and the right to trade in both 2023 and 2025.

The memory of Brooklyn Nets

Saving a great deal of distance, the transfer of Paul George recalls that made in 2013 by Mikhail Prokhorov (one of the worst in history). The Russian tycoon bought the Nets in 2010 and moved them to Brooklyn with the idea of quickly becoming the champion of his team. He put five years to achieve it and went shopping in Boston. With the Celtics reached an agreement that mortgaged the New York franchise until this season: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and DJ White came to the Big Apple to join Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in exchange for several players and the first round of 2014, the first of 2016, the possibility of exchanging the first of 2017 and a first of 2018. Everything ended in disaster for some Nets that added in the two short years that the project lasted two classifications for the playoffs, with the semifinals of the Eastern Conference as cap.

Without risk ...

If the adventure is settled with one or two rings before the possible farewell of these two stars everything will be worth it, but if not ... the future looks bad for the Clippers now that they had finally managed to really place themselves among the high aristocracy of the NBA. The risky movements of such incredible magnitude always involve great dangers ... but you can not go after the great white whale without losing something along the way. Captain Ahab and his leg are witnesses of it.



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