Football season is approaching us and basketball is in the slowest part of its calendar. Let us review the Clippers’ off-season and give them a grade, shall we?
Notable Additions: Danio Gallinari, Willie Reed, Lou Williams, Pat Beverly, and Milos Teodosic. An actual GM that knows how to build a team. Plus Jerry West.
Losses: Chris Paul, Brandon Bass, Jamal Crawford, and Doc Rivers’ pride.
Once the afterthought of the LA market, it seems like times have changed. Ever since the arrival of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul it seems like the Clippers were title contenders every year. Once known as Lob City by Chris Paul it seems now that the Clippers should be called Flop City. Clippers have peaked and Chris Paul decided to move on. Clippers decided to trade their star to the Rockets for scraps. Although they did better than I thought they would as they acquired all team defender Pat Beverely and uber 6th man Lou Williams, while bringing in intriguing wing Sam Dekker.
Clippers also signed foreign superstar Milos Teodosic from overseas. I am not even going to pretend that I know everything about him and know what kind of impact he may make. However, scouts rave about his passing and decision making in line with Chris Paul’s. Watching his game tape, I can tell he is going to be a dynamic passer. However, his scoring ability looks to be lacking in my opinion. My guess, he is an older version of Rubio.
To add even more scoring, they added Danio Gallinari via trade. However, they lost 6th man Crawford via free agency. Lou Williams will slide into Crawford’s 6th man role. Another notable loss is Doc Rivers’ management position in which they hired a new GM and assistant GM today on August 20th. Plus, they have Jerry West as a consultant. Overall grade B minus. Was not overly impressed, but they did enough to stay in playoff contention. Intrigued by Milos and I did think Blake resigning was smart. He needs to stay healthy and the Clippers will go as far as he can carry them.