By Dan Lovi on July 8, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers have already had a great start to the offseason. They improved tremendously in the frontcourt by signing Spencer Hawes. They wasted no time replacing Darren Collison by agreeing to terms with Jordan Farmar. They also drafted C.J. Wilcox, a sharpshooter who played his college ball at the University of Washington.
Here are five more moves that would help solidify the Clippers as a championship team.
Whether the Clippers choose to trade Crawford or keep him around, they must figure out a way to make him happy. Crawford’s agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports, “Our intention is to get an extension with the Clippers or anywhere else that he may be traded based on the fact that he’s undervalued for the production he’s providing.” Basically, Crawford wants more money, and if the Clippers don’t want to pay him, they better trade him.
Doc Rivers is a great coach, but he can’t do it all by himself. His top two assistant coaches, Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry, have left for other teams, leaving Rivers without much help. Reports say Rivers is looking at former New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson and former Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank to join his staff.
The Clippers already brought Hawes on board to backup DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, but they need some more big bodies to round out the roster. Ryan Hollins has been the third-string backup center for the past two seasons, but there is a chance he won’t be back. Glen Davis probably will not return either, leaving the Clippers thin at the power forward and center positions.
The Clippers are stacked at every position except for one, the small forward position. Matt Barnes and Jared Dudley split time as the starter last season, while Danny Granger, Hedo Turkoglu and Reggie Bullock played sparingly. The Clippers are reportedly interested in Paul Pierce, who would love to be reunited with Rivers. Pierce would be a huge upgrade at the three spot and could help lead the Clippers to the promised land.
All the great things the Clippers have done so far in the offseason won’t matter if Donald Sterling still owns the team come October. The quicker this mess gets resolved, the quicker the organization can look to the future. Get Sterling out of the picture and watch the Clippers take off.
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