Gregg Popovich

On Basketball: Griffin trade shows NBA's current direction

The East is open for business. The West is closed until further notice.

There's the takeaway from the deal where Blake Griffin got sent from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons , and it may be a theme for the next week or so until the NBA trading deadline. The Pistons see opportunity to contend in the Eastern Conference, while the Clippers know the Western Conference is out of their reach and a full reboot is needed.

They're both right.

Other teams are surely thinking the same way.

No rational person would look at the NBA right now and see a logical scenario where the champion this season is anyone besides Golden State or...