The Los Angeles Clippers were always expected to be big players ahead of next month's trade deadline but they sent shockwaves through the NBA with a blockbuster deal that nobody saw coming.
On Monday night, the team confirmed that it had concluded a deal to trade Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.
In return, the Clippers will receive Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and first and second-round picks.
The move comes as a huge surprise as Griffin had re-signed with the franchise in free agency on a whopping five-year, $171 million deal just months ago.
But even with the power forward offloaded, Los Angeles is still expected to continue making moves before the February 8 deadline.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, they're planning to press ahead with plans to secure trades for the two players that have been rumoured to be departing the team for the past month; DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams.
Both players can become free agents in the summer and the Clippers are hoping to receive young players and draft picks in return as they commit to rebuilding their roster.
With Griffin and Chris Paul now gone, it makes little sense to keep Jordan on their books with an expensive contract.
The 29-year-old has a player option for next season and can opt into a $24 million deal, which Los Angeles is hoping to avoid.
Williams is having the best season of his career and has become a valuable trade asset. He's averaging a career-best 23.5 points and was close to being named an All-Star for the first time.
The veteran shooting guard is on a cheap contract and can provide firepower for a contending team in the second half of the campaign.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been credited with an interest in the duo but are believed to be more keen on acquiring Jordan to help their defensive woes.
Fox Sports' Skip Bayless reported that they share a mutual interest and that the center would be willing to play alongside LeBron James in Cleveland.
He's averaging 11.9 points and 14.8 rebounds and will provide the Cavaliers with much-needed rim protection.
But the Clips are believed to be keen for their counterparts to include the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick that they received from the Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving.
As LeBron James' future with the team is still very much up in the air, the Cavs want to keep this as insurance but they're also under pressure to make moves to try and convince him to stay.
With the deadline just over a week away, it'll be interesting to see how this develops and what the Clippers team will look like just before the All-Star break. All the signs are pointing towards another blockbuster trade looming.News Now - Sport News