We are like 3 years past the point of breaking up the Clippers. This team might have to beat the Rockets, Spurs, Warriors, and Cavs in consecutive series while staying healthy and sane, and there’s really no strong reason to believe they can even win one of those series right now. It’s just frustrating to watch at this point. You can see the ghosts come back in any close game.
This was quietly a bad trade for Boston. It might make both teams better (if the Lakers can turn the picks into Paul George) and that hurts both of Boston’s big draft pick assets. The Nets still won’t be good but they’re no longer definitely-worst-in-the-NBA, and the Lakers + PG put next year’s 2-to-5-only pick almost totally out of reach.