Late last night, my Clippers made the impossible happen. They were able to trade Zach Randolph, free up a ton of minutes for Blake Griffin, put themselves in a position to acquire one or two free agents this offseason, and clear up a ton of cap space for the 2010 star studded free agents.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, according to ESPN Magazine, out of the 122 teams in USA’s four dominant sports leagues voted the Clippers… 122. Makes me embarrassed to be a Clippers fan, but as Dunleavy has stepped up to become GM, he has done an outstanding job. You can’t deny that. Sure, he still has to prove himself as a head coach (other franchises would have fired him a long time ago), but he is making many disheartened fans jump for glory this year.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel a bit sad to see Randolph go. Yes, I do agree that if we were to get rid of anyone, it had to be him, but at the same time he did put up very good numbers. People kind of hassled him a bit too much for his behavior: i.e. punching Amunson and being suspended for accusations of driving under the influence, but in hindsight, he did lose his father during the middle of the season. Not to mention, many Clipper players and fans felt disheartened by the dismal season. If no one misses you big guy, I will. Good Luck to you.
With Zach Randolph gone, we now have the perfect core, a solid sixth man, and looking to add a bit more depth behind Quinton Richardson, Deandre Jordan, Mike Taylor and Steve Novak. You can count us being in the eighth spot or better for the 2009 – 2010 NBA season. Book it.