Two transactions, two roster-building lessons in opportunity cost. The Clippers adding Paul George for a slew of draft picks and the Buffalo Sabres signing Marcus Johansson to a two-year, US$9 million deal can both be tied to the ongoing NHL story in this town.
The connection here is about opportunity cost, something the Canucks have had to weigh more than once in the past five seasons.
By adding George from the Oklahoma City Thunder — which in turn sold Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers — L.A.’s second NBA squad made the estimation that the move would make them a championship contender and that the price paid would be worth it in the long run.
The Clippers paid a steep price to get George, trading away 2021 and 2023 first-round picks picked up from the Miami Heat, their own first rounders in 2022, 2024 and 2026, “pick swaps” in 2023 and 2025 — NBA rules forbid teams from trading first round picks in consecutive years, so this means the Thunder will get the Clippers’ pick if it’s higher in the draft in those years — plus a budding young star in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a handy, but injury-prone, veteran in Danilo Galllinari.