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Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes and senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill broke down L.A’s move to bring the point guard back to the City of Angels, as the price of sending away one of the team’s most reliable scorers.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Chris, what do you think about team can't get right? The Clippers? They got Rajon Rondo. Traded Lemon Pepper Lou.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah. We knew they were going after a point guard. Getting rid of Lou Will, who was your most productive bench player for years. Like, you can't replace that. They're not going to have that anymore. So now, the rotation is going to be a little in flux. So they got to figure that out. I don't know that I like-- I didn't like it. I'm just being honest. I didn't like it. Not-- Rondo, I like the addition of Rondo.
But not for Lou. I didn't think Lou was going to be a part of that. But I'm pretty sure Lou was happy. He's going back home. Home has its perks. So, I'll leave it at that. But-- it was a little bit of a head scratcher. Not necessarily that it was Rondo, but who they traded for. You like the move overall?
VINCENT GOODWILL: See, the thing is for me, Chris, and I like Lou Williams. But I feel like when you have a guy like that who makes bad shots, who takes a living off of making bad shots, I don't know if that helps you in the playoffs. You know what I mean? Like, I don't know how valuable that's going to be like, them 20 foot fadeaways to the baseline. They real easy right now. You know what I mean?
Will they be as easy to make in the playoffs, when you need the premium-- you know, when there's premium possessions? I just felt like, to some degree, there's some empty calories with Lou. You know? And I felt like they needed a change, especially. And I think you need someone who can take pressure off of Kawhi and Paul George that have to make every single play. Rondo may not be a shooter. He may not put a whole lot of pressure on the defense the way that maybe some of the other point guards, who I felt like the Clippers should have been making a run at.
But the one thing you can say is that he will get your team organized. And he will get those guys the basketball in the right places. The less pressure you can put on Paul George, the better you are as a team, all right? Because we see what happens when Paul George is left to too many devices. And I really like his game. But you can't put too much weight on him. I think Kawhi has been a great player this year that we don't talk much about because of how last season ended.
So I think the Clippers, for me, is still wait and see. Everything with the Clippers is wait and see. You got to show me, because I'm never going to fix my mouth to say, the Los Angeles Clippers of Donald Sterling are going to the NBA Finals. I made that mistake last year. You ain't going to have me be a fool twice.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah. I don't know if this is a game changer. You know? I think I like it for the morale of the team, the locker room. And like you said, getting guys organized, structured leadership. But, I don't know. I got to wait and see. I don't know. You know, I felt that way--
VINCENT GOODWILL: And he [INAUDIBLE] the Lakers. He could be a narc for the Lakers. You got [INAUDIBLE] on one side, you know, giving up intel. You got Rondo on the other side. So if we get that Laker Clipper series, we're going to have all the secrets and back door, you know, locker room meetings and all that. Remember the Clippers and Rockets that one year? We can have some nice little, you know, nice little back door stories.