Let’s cut to the chase. The Clippers once traded their 1st round pick and Baron Davis to the Cavs for Mo Williams. The Clippers had the 8th worst record, but ended up with the 1st overall pick…which the Cavs now had. We all know what that pick turned into. That pick transformed into Kyrie Irving.
What would the Clippers have been like if they had drafted Kyrie? They wouldn’t have traded for Chris Paul. The LA Clippers form a nucleus around Kyrie, Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and Chris Kaman with Deandre Jordan on the bench. You don’t get CP3, but that’s one heck of a nucleus to build around.
With the Chris Paul rumors spreading and still hot, he gets traded to a very interesting spot…Golden State. That at one point was a hot rumor going around. Tyson Chandler would follow along after winning the Championship with the Mavericks. Paul becomes a Warrior, while the Hornets just became a very lucky team. They acquire the future splash brothers in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, along with Ekpe Udoh (the clear prize of the trade).
The former New Orleans Hornets (err, Pelicans) become the home of the splash brothers. With that being the case, Anthony Davis never gets drafted by them and instead goes to the Charlotte Hornets and plays with Kemba Walker to make them a contender.
With the trades of Carmelo to the Knicks and Deron Williams to the Nets going through successfully, LeBron second guesses himself about a homecoming reunion. The East suddenly looks tough and has several contending teams. With no #1 pick going to the Cavs and Mo Williams is still being the point guard, the Cavs don’t have much firepower and only end up with another top pick. No Kyrie available, they drafted Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and Anthony Bennett.
With only enough assets to trade for 1 star, LeBron goes to where?
Houston, we have LeBron.
James signs with the Rockets to join forces with 2 other stars in Dwight Howard and James Harden. Superman and The Beard are joined by The Chosen One…man oh man, the possibilities.