The Clippers are relevant for the first time the franchise’s history and owner Donald Sterling doesn’t want to mess with that. Right before last week’s deadline, there was reportedly a deal in place that was supposed to send Caron Butler to Washington for Trevor Ariza. Ariza’s length is why he was coveted. But chemistry is why Sterling vetoed the deal.
L.A. and Washington had a done deal Wednesday night that would have sent forward Trevor Ariza to the Clippers in exchange for Caron Butler, giving L.A. a long, defensive-oriented body to throw at the likes of Kevin Durant in the playoffs.
But sources indicated that Clippers owner Donald Sterling nixed the deal Thursday morning, not wanting to gamble on the team’s chemistry being affected in any way down the stretch.