Getting Blake Griffin: A trade? It could happen

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 18, 2009 at 7:31 am •  Published: May 18, 2009
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ercent chance at No. 1.

Why they could trade Blake: The Clippers’ openness to shipping injury-prone point guard Baron Davis back to Golden State has grown from a whisper to a roar. If the Clippers can undo the $65 million mistake they made last summer, they’re likely to do so in a heartbeat. And Rubio could serve as more than a sufficient young replacement. L.A. also has a talented frontcourt with Chris Kaman (although injury prone), Zach Randolph (although a headache) and Marcus Camby (although aging).

Odds: 2.1 percent.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Where they’re slotted to pick: Fifth, with a 7.6 percent chance at No. 1.

Why they could trade Blake: They retooled their frontcourt by trading Kevin Garnett to Boston for Al Jefferson and O.J. Mayo to Memphis for Kevin Love. They’re set up front. Meanwhile, their point guards, Randy Foye and Sebastian Telfair, are inconsistent and don’t appear to be the long term solution.

Odds: 3.4 percent.

New York Knicks
Where they’re slotted to pick: Eighth, with a 2.8 percent chance at No. 1.

Why they could trade Blake: The Knicks already have a double-double machine on their roster in David Lee, who just turned 26 last month. Chris Duhon, despite averaging a career-high 7.2 assists last year, is better suited off the bench. And you have to believe coach Mike D’Antoni covets a crafty playmaker like Rubio after seeing what Steve Nash did to make his system hum.

Odds: 0.2 percent.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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