The big NBA headlines are about the Clippers moving Blake Griffin, the highlight machine who unfortunately tends to watch the playoffs on TV. With the move Steve Ballmer, Clippers owner and former Microsoft chief, says it’s time for Clippers 3.0 or 4.0 or Clippers 10 maybe? (That’s where Windows is, at version 10. Curiously, the Clippers are just a few years older than Microsoft, which was founded in 1975 — Microsoft has clearly had the better run.) But the bigger news for the immediate future of the NBA is the other big name in the trade, albeit not as famous as Griffin — and that’s Avery Bradley.
With the Clippers obviously starting over, it’s not clear Bradley will want to hang around LA or if the Clippers even got him to keep him. Bradley, who’s averaging 15 points per game this year, is a quality guard who plays both ways and could make the difference for a contender like San Antonio or Cleveland — to name just a couple. Bradley comes with winning pedigree too, having won the regular season Eastern Conference title last year in Boston, teamed in the backcourt with Isaiah Thomas. Bradley has had trouble with a groin injury, but he’s otherwise fit and ready to contribute to a contender. Teams will be inquiring early and often at the Clippers front office.