Ralph Lawler calls him a scoring machine. In summer league everybody said he was the best, the most athletic. His team mates are at times in awe. The staff are trying hard not to say to much. But the handwriting might just already be on the pervurbial wall. And the story is going to leak out. This kid can play.
OK, what you did in college, well that was then and this is now. Granted 20 PPG with 7 RPG in 31 minutes is pretty good for a college game. And hitting 53 % from the field and 44% from the 3, is pretty solid. But is it good enough to make the Clippers forget all about Corey Maggette?
The answer to that question would be easier if it were not this season. With Shaun Livingston and Elton Brand out to start the season, the Clippers are now more than ever looking for Corey Maggette to carry the team. Just prior to his last collision with injuries, Corey led the team and averaged over 20 points per game. They now need him to do that and even more.
Al Thorton finally got some significant minutes in Sunday nights game on the road against the athletic Warriors, and threw down 24 points, hitting 11 of 15 shots. It would seem that the Clippers could use that kind of play, along with Corey's, to help fill the gap while we are waiting for EB to return.
But what if come January the season is lost, and it is starting to look like a rebuilding year? They might feel that by the time EB returns, it might be too late, and EB not strong enough to make a difference, to make the playoffs, or go very far if you got there. What if Corey's agent signals to the Clippers that he is not coming back and will sign elsewhere next summer? What if Al Thorton is scoring in double figures with a high shooting percentage?
This is a scenario that could lead to the Clippers dealing Corey away before the trading deadline. They would at least get something for him instead of just letting him depart during the summer and leave the Clippers stuck holding the bag. An expiring contract and a first round draft pick would be nice. Especially if the option is........nothing.
Whatever happens, one thing is for sure. Either way, if Al Thorton turns into the scoring monster that some think he just might turn out to be, we are good if Corey stays, and we are good if Corey goes. But if Al is the heir apparent at SF, then getting a stud shooting guard for Corey wouldn't be all that bad. Gilbert Arenas anyone?
I wouldnt trade Corey right now, because Thornton needs a full season to develop. I expect a great year for him next year. He is essentially Maggette's replacement (unless obviously coach can find a way to use both of them). I expect a wonderful year (especially in stats) by Maggette and him taking a big contract elsewhere. I'm fine with that. We got Thornton and we can resign Q-Ross for a reasonable amount. We can draft a big time PG or quality shooting SG to eventually replace Mobley and Cassell. We re-sign Brand and we move into the future. That's how I think it will happen.
It's nice to hear from a fan that just knows that somehow everything it going to be all right. It will all work itself out. Meantime, we can enjoy what this season has to offer, with the promise of even better days ahead. If Corey has a good year and leaves, he clears cap space. Sometimes it's better for Corey and better for the Clippers to do a sign and trade. That way he gets where he want to go, and the Clippers get something in return. Or, you never know, he just might have so much fun this year that he stays. I am going to go out on a limb here. AT, does not take Corey's job. He becomes one of the best SG's of all time. And with Shaun, EB, Kaveman, and Corey, they become one of the best Clipper teams ever. Maybe not this year, but the next year for sure.
I really thing that Gette's days with us are coming to the end...i don't know when it must happens but next season i think he won't be in a clipper uniform...it will be time to spend his money in a good player...I would enjoy if we could land Calderon from the Raptors who I think he has showed he has enough team to lead a team at the point...Wouldn't you like??Furthermore I think he'll get a contract around 6million dollar
I like Calderon too. I think if we are gonna trade Maggette...we gotta get a lottery pick along with a player for him. I think he puts up very big numbers this year and someone will want him...if the Clips decide to trade him, hopefully he'll go to a young lottery team and we can get a first rounder and another player.