There’s blood in the water in Los Angeles, and Masai Ujiri should be circling the Clippers like the shark he is.
If Blake Griffin wants out of L.A. — and that’s a solid probability — he’ll look to head to a team with another All-Star in a cosmopolitan city.
Toronto fits the bill perfectly. He’d have a Chris Paul-esque point guard who’s not quite as ornery as CP3 in Lowry, one of the best front offices in the NBA and a weak Eastern Conference outside of LeBron James.
Don’t forget: While we focus on Paul’s playoff failings, Griffin hasn’t made a conference finals in his career, either. The Raptors could offer a chance to remedy that hole in his resume.
Of course, Toronto’s cap situation complicates things. Short of shedding a ton of salary, the Raptors have no route to signing Griffin in free agency.
But what if Doc Rivers is desperate enough to want an “All-Star” in return for Griffin? What if he’ll take DeRozan — especially if the Clippers lose their starting shooting guard, J.J. Redick, as well?
A sign-and-trade between Toronto and Los Angeles would work wonders for the Raptors. From there, you can build out your roster around your dynamic stars over the next two or three years, hoping the Lowry/Griffin pairing is enough to attract veteran 3-and-D wings and a rim-protecting center.
It’s a pipe dream, to be sure. The alternative is obscurity, though, so why not dream big?