It would be a tremendous dice roll for the Clippers, who haven’t gotten Chris Paul’s word that he will re-sign with them this summer and would be trading away his young, extremely promising insurance policy. They also would be getting back another impending free agent in Millsap.
But if the Clippers are serious about winning a championship, they have to fill their biggest need, which is a scoring big. DeAndre Jordan protects the rim but is an intentional foul target late in games. And for all his versatility, Lamar Odom has scored in double figures once this season.
In the offseason, the Clippers can decide whether to keep Odom or Millsap, then use the savings on a backup point guard if Chauncey Billups isn’t brought back.
The Jazz would have a point guard with All-Star potential to team with fellow youngsters Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, who will play more in Millsap’s absence. Utah takes on an extra $2 million for Hill next season but still has phenomenal flexibility as incumbent point guards Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson all have expiring contracts.
You can speculate whether these deals are realistic. But they make sense.
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