By Zach Haines
With the Game 7 loss, the Los Angeles Clippers suffered at the hands of the Utah Jazz. It likely marked the end of the run of their Big 3 (Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Deandre Jordan). Both Paul and Griffin are set to enter free agency this summer, so now is as good a time as any to predict where they, along with other big names due to enter the market, will end up.
Kevin Durant (GSW) remains with the Golden State Warriors
Quite frankly, there’s no reason for Kevin Durant to leave Golden State. He may opt out of his player option in an attempt to get more money, but even that is a stretch. Golden State is the best place you want to be if you’re trying to win a title, which is 100% what Durant is trying to accomplish.
Stephen Curry (GSW) remains with the Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry has built a career, a reputation, and an ever-expanding legacy in Golden State. With two MVP’s and an NBA title to his name, he like Durant has no reason to go anywhere else. Golden State’s system is perfectly designed for a player like Curry to thrive, so that is where he will stay.
Blake Griffin (LAC) signs with the Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin is turning into one of the biggest “What If” stories the NBA has ever seen in recent history. He simply can’t seem to stay healthy, and he has left the Clippers high and dry several times over the past few years, including in the playoffs the past two. At 28-years-old, Griffin isn’t old, but he certainly isn’t getting any younger. I think coming to his hometown team to complement the dynamic Russell Westbrook should bring more solidarity to OKC’s production. In the end, it would be beneficial for both parties in the long run.
Chris Paul (LAC) signs with the New Orleans Pelicans
Chris Paul, being over 30-years-old, is going to sign with a team where he doesn’t need to force too much on offense and can allow him not worry too much on defense. Enter Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins. The most overwhelming front court tandem since Tim Duncan and David Robinson would fit perfectly with Chris Paul’s style of play. Plus, with Jrue Holiday also entering free agency, that leaves the starting point guard spot wide open for CP3.
Dwyane Wade (CHI) signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade in a recent interview stated that at this point in his career, he isn’t opposed to ring chasing. With Lebron James still being the best player in the world, he’s sure to scout Wade this offseason, and he’ll welcome him with open arms. At this point in his career, Wade can contribute as the sixth man or the occasional starter. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the former-Heat running mates joined forces for another run or two.