Let the madness of the NBA offseason commence.
We're expected to see sparks fly just like they did last year, and we already have our first Woj Bomb of 2018 involving a disgruntled big man who is on the wrong side of one superstar, and a coach's son. You can't write drama better than that.
The Clippers have agreed to trade Austin Rivers, just days after he exercised his player option, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat.
The Los Angeles Clippers are trading guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2018
Any move is surprising to an extent, but the writing was written on the wall for both of these players.
First, Gortat's departure has been assumed for months now. The team tried to trade him last season after he butted heads with superstar John Wall. It doesn't matter that these two met to fix things. You know Wall wasn't getting traded out of Washington, so Gortat's time in D.C. was over.
As for Rivers, it's simply about having too many chefs in the same kitchen. Milos
On our scale, Austin Rivers ranked 64th of 77 qualified in pt guard efficiency per-min. He was 71st of 77 in DEFRTG differential. Marcin Gortat ranked 56th of 82 in eff. per-min among centers. He was 51st of 82 in DEFRTG differential. This trade = addition by subtraction for LAC.— Bobby Gerould (@BobbyGerould) June 26, 2018
Rivers will now settle into a role as the scorer off the bench in Washington, while Gortat will be the first big man off the bench for LA.