Is Jerry West the best NBA executive ever? I would like to hear opinions on this, but the man resume as an NBA executive is impressive. From the trade that brought in Kobe Bryant, the free agents signing of Shaquille O’Neal, the trade for Pau Gasol, the construction of the Memphis Grizzlies, and the signing of Kevin Durant. Jerry West fingerprints are all over these transactions. Now his latest move, that may be the most impressive, is the trade of Blake Griffin.

Blake Griffin is an exciting player to watch, the highlight dunks and alley-oops but the Clippers signed Blake to contract worth 173 million dollars over five years. That is almost $35 million a year. There are only four players who make more money this season there are Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Gordon Hayward, and Paul Millsap. LeBron and Stephen are superstars, so their price tag is acceptable. Millsap and Hayward were going to different teams, therefore the new teams had to increase the amount to make the deal attractive. Now on to Blake, Blake has not played an entire NBA season since the 2010-2011 season, he is often injured, and Blake is not a superstar. Blake does not have the ability to carry a team, he does not make the players around him better, he is not a great defensive player and his games depends on his athleticism. Blake is 29 years old, so towards the end of his contract will he be worth the money?

Now here is why Jerry West may be a genius, he got the Detroit Pistons to agree to a trade for Blake. I do not see many teams taking Blake Griffin based on his history of injuries alone for $35 million. In return, Jerry gets Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, and a first-round pick. Tobias and Avery are good players, Tobias can easily average 20 points a game and Avery is still one of the premiers defends in the NBA. These players will make great pieces as the Clippers rebuild their team.

I do not know where Jerry West should rank among NBA executives but he has to be close to the top on everyone’s list.