Grade the Trade: Clippers trade for the next Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Terance Mann, LA Clippers
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Both teams find what they are looking for

For the LA Clippers, this trade with the New Orleans Pelicans will go down as one of the best in history. On top of being just 22 years old, Zion Williamson has already been selected to two all-star teams. This incredible accomplishment speaks of the type of career he is set to have.

The only con to trading for a player like Williamson is that he is very injury-prone, which only worsens the Clippers’ problems. Through four seasons in the NBA, the former first-overall pick has played a total of 114 games. That is not a good look for the face of a franchise.

On the flip side, this injury concern may be tied to Williamson desperately needing a change of scenery. LA is where he needs to be as Steve Ballmer, and the entire organization will welcome him with open arms.

Furthermore, in Williamson’s best season, he averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists while shooting above 60% from the field. These numbers are spectacular, as they also display what he is capable of when healthy. This also adds to why this trade is a risk worth taking for the LA Clippers.

Conversely, for the Pelicans, they will be set free from Williamson’s comfortable contract. They will also receive Kawhi Leonard, who will lead them to a deep postseason run next to Brandon Ingram. Additionally, the Pelicans will find themselves with Terance Mann, one of the best role players in the NBA. If that weren’t enough, they would receive draft compensation which could help keep their young talent intact over the next few seasons.

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Grade: A-