The Los Angeles Clippers have completed a heavyweight transaction. They traded the Thunder for Paul George, the league’s top star. George was ranked among the top three in the regular season MVP and Defensive Player of the Year rankings, which shows that he has both offense and defense. The Thunder did not easily send George away. Instead, they traded Gallinari, Alexander, four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two first-round picks in exchange from the Thunder. .
This operation of the Thunder seems to have lost a superstar, but they have gained the quasi-all-star Gallinari who averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds per game. He The contract will expire next summer. The Thunder also scored Alexander, who averaged 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is about to celebrate his 21st birthday. But the most important thing is the draft picks. The Thunder's selection of draft picks is amazing!
The Thunder will get first-round picks from the Clippers in 2022, 2024, and 2026, as well as 2023 and 2025. The first-round pick exchange rights. That is to say, the Clippers' draft picks between 2022 and 2026 will be used by the Thunder. So why don't the Thunder pick the 2020 pick and the 2021 pick? Thunder? The management has always been strong in drafting. They understand what signing can get the players they want.
George has 3 years left on the contract with the Clippers. The last year is a player option. If he leaves at that time, then the Clippers’ strength will be Will drop drastically. Leonard signed a four-year contract, and the final year will be a player option without accident. The Clippers can actually keep Leonard and George on the team at the same time for only two seasons, and no one can predict what will happen after that.
Furthermore, the Clippers’ contract with Beverly will expire in two years, and the Clippers’ contract with Louis Williams will expire in two years. Harrell’s The contract will expire next year. With the expiration of the contracts of these players and the decline in status, the actual combat effectiveness of the Clippers will decline in two years. At that time, if the Clippers cannot make a good enough reinforcement, their record will decline, and the value of the draft picks won by the Thunder will soar.
The Clippers also included two draft picks from the Heat. The first round picks in 2021 are not protected. , And the first-round pick in 2023 is protected by the top 14 picks. Although the Heat get Jimmy Butler, their future is still confusing. The departure of many main players has greatly reduced their core lineup, and the Thunder get it. The draft picks will likely have good value. Therefore, the Thunder are very smart in this negotiation and they did not suffer.