Trouble. I know that I said the Warriors shouldn’t be worried about the Jazz catching up to them, but it might be a huge deal.
If Eric Bledsoe does end up going to the Jazz, he will see that he can take over. The deal on the table right now is a straight up Bledsoe-Millsap swap between the Clippers and Jazz, which many sources are indicating. So what does this mean?
Bledsoe on the Jazz is deadly, as Mo Williams, Utah’s starting Point Guard, is injury prone. He has missed most of the season, and the Jazz are doing just as well with Jamal Tinsley. If they receive a budding point guard like Bledsoe, they’re going to have great lineup, as Bledsoe has proved himself more than capable of being a starter in Chris Paul’s absence.
It would give Utah the missing piece they’ve needed, and they will have more of a chance of catching up to Golden State. That puts the Warriors in seventh place, and would probably leave them with Oklahoma City in the first round. That’s not exactly something that the Warriors would be satisfied with.
As for the Clippers, they would finally get an adequate backup for Blake Griffin, who is currently backed up by Ronny Turiaf. Griffin is one of the premier power forwards in the league, and any team would be lucky to have him. This is why he is untouchable.
Unfortunately, Turiaf has never really had any real success in the NBA, and will always be one of those washed up guys who doesn’t see much playing time. Acquiring Millsap would not only give the Clippers an amazing backup power, but would also give them a huge advantage. It’s a Carl Landry-type situation. If Landry is good enough to start for another squad such as the Hornets, he will prove to be an incredible backup, as he already has this season.
Basically, this trade doesn’t really favor the Warriors. Either the Jazz catch up, or the Warriors are forced to play Oklahoma City, with the Clippers advancing into second place. Pray that this trade doesn’t happen.