JamFan's Fast Break~
ALERT - CLIPPERS TRADE BRIAN COOK AND A 2nd ROUND PICK FOR NICK YOUNG. THIS IS THE STEAL OF THE YEAR.
ALERT - THE LAKERS TRADE DEREK FISHER AND LUKE WALTON TO PICK UP RAMON SESSIONS AND JORDAN HILL.
The Clippers have reportedly traded Brian Cook and a 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards for the services of Nick Young. On the surface, it looks like a very lopsided trade in favor of the Clippers. We gave up nothing and received a promising young 2 guard.
Here is the most important part of the deal. According to Eric Pincus, who knows the contract stuff as good as anybody, no Bird Rights were transferred. Nick had to waive them to allow for the trade. The Clippers can sign him starting at a 20% bump without bird rights at $4.4 mil next summer. Or they can use their MLE at $5 mil to sign him. This is tremendous news for Clippers fans. When we try to sign him next summer we should be in the drivers seat if he wants to stay in LA where he grew up. This is where a lot of his friends and family are, and where he played his college ball.
Nick Young, 26, at 6'7" is the tall explosive shooting guard the Clippers have been looking for. This season he is shooting 41% and 37% from the 3. He is very good at the line with 86%. He is averaging 16.6 point per game and has a +10.52 EFF rating. In the past 4 full seasons he has never played fewer than 64 games, so he has been mostly healthy during his short career. He has played 40 games this season and averaged 30 minutes per game.
The reports on Nick is that he is inconsistant at times. But he is still young and heading into his prime. Nick played his high school ball righ here in LA at Cleveland High. He went on to play 3 years for USC. After that he was drafted by the Washington Wizards with the 16 pick in the 2007 draft. He went on the break the Wizard's rookie record for total points scored in his rookie year.
Before this trade, GM Neil Oshey was signaling that the Clippers were unwilling to give up to much to bolster the lineup just for this year. Quotations from an interview with GM Neil Oshey seem to prepare the fans and the media for the prospect that the Clippers would make no trade before the trading deadline today.
"[We] would love to add a piece right now [because] Chris Paul's goal of coming here was to win a championship," Olshey said Tuesday. "[But] unless the move you make today leads you in that direction, you can't sacrifice the ability to build a championship-level organization by giving up your assets to go get a guy that's going to make you incrementally better this year instead of looking to improve from within."
"If we can acquire a player without giving up much in terms of assets that help [us] move the needle a little bit this year and maintain [our] flexibility long term, [we] may do something," Olshey said. "Your help is coming from the inside."
Olshey said, "We're not going to give up our remaining assets unless it makes an impact acquisition."
If the Clippers were able to sign JR Smith we might not even be having this discussion and the Clips would probably have not made a trade. But JR is in NY. The Clippers held tryouts to see if there is a free agent or D League player who could help and ended up signing Bobby Simmons to a 10 day tryout. Simmons could add some outside shooting but just isn't the kind of player who can fill Chauncey's shoes.
It looks like the Clippers are not strong enough to make a run for the Western Conference Championship thus giving them a shot at getting rings. The last 18 games or so tells us that. They have won only 5 of their last 13 games. Hopefully trading for Nick Young will help them make a serious run in the playoffs.
aka Don Allen