Los Angeles is a Clippers Town Now

By Dan Lovi
Chris Paul/Steve Nash
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Free agents wanting to play in Los Angeles isn’t breaking news. Free agents wanting to play for the Los Angeles Clippers instead of the Los Angeles Lakers, now that’s a new story.

Despite the Donald Sterling scandal that has been looming over the Clippers organization, free agents have been flocking to Los Angeles to play alongside Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and company. Even amidst a scandal involving the owner of the team, players would rather play for the Clippers than the Lakers. That doesn’t bode well for Lakers supporters.

Backup point guard Darren Collison who agreed to sign with the Sacramento Kings, was quickly replaced by ex-Laker Jordan Farmar. Spencer Hawes was sought out by many teams, but ultimately chose to sign with the Clippers, where he will back up Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

In the meantime, the Lakers have had meetings with several free agents, but are yet to receive a single commitment. Lakers brass are waiting for Carmelo Anthony to make a decision, leaving their fortune in his hands. According to reports, if Anthony chooses the Lakers, so will Pau Gasol. If Anthony spurns the Lakers, so will Gasol.

While the Lakers await their fate, other teams including the Clippers, are scooping up all the quality free agents. Several players the Lakers were hopeful would return have already committed elsewhere. Jodie Meeks signed with the Detroit Pistons and Chris Kaman signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Pretty soon most of the free agents the Lakers were pursuing will be playing elsewhere, leaving the Lakers with a makeshift roster for yet another season.

The Clippers’ offseason has been impressive so far and they may not be done yet. In an effort to improve at the small forward position, the Clippers have reportedly shown interest in Paul Pierce, Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza. The team is over the salary cap and can only offer the veteran’s minimum, but a sign-and-trade could be in the works.

No one ever thought they would see the day that the Clippers were bigger and better than the Lakers. Well that day has finally arrived.

The streets of Los Angeles used to be covered in purple and gold, but the waves of blue and red have all but washed those colors away.

Dan Lovi is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DannyALovi. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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