Kevin Durant is reportedly meeting with a team from Los Angeles, but it isn’t the Lakers. While there’s no way to know whether or not he would actually sign with the Clippers, the interesting part is what this means for Blake Griffin. Doc Rivers has been adamant that he would keep their Big Three together for one more season, but the only way the Clippers would be able to acquire Durant would be if they offered one of their stars, presumably Griffin, an Oklahoma City native, in a sign-and-trade.
The case for Durant to L.A. is simple: KD lives in Los Angeles in the offseason, so the Clippers would give him the best combination of lifestyle perks and immediate championship viability. Durant spacing the floor for the Chris Paul–DeAndre Jordan pick-and-roll would be unguardable, while KD would thrive with a roll man like DeAndre and a traditional point guard like Paul feeding him open shots.

Griffin, meanwhile, would be about as good a return as Durant could fetch on the open market. Not only would he form an incredible tandem with Russell Westbrook in the two-man game, he could work the same magic with Steven Adams in tight spaces that he does with DeAndre. Just as important, his Oklahoma roots means he could be a lot more willing to commit to a long-term extension in one of the smallest markets in the league.

Even if a Durant acquisition doesn’t materialize, there will be a ton of interest in Griffin throughout the NBA. He’s coming off a difficult season when he couldn’t stay healthy or out of trouble, but he’s only a year removed from running the Spurs off the court in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, during which he averaged 25.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 6.1 assists a game on 51 percent shooting in 14 games. He’s still only 27 and about to enter the prime of his career, and he’s gotten better every season.