In the past few seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers were always a playoff team, but nothing more. They tried and tried to add depth to a team who had Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan as leaders, for a shot at a championship banner.
That ended this offseason. The Clippers started off with a massive trade sending their nine-time All-Star point guard to the Houston Rockets. Seeing Paul leave the Clippers was a big blow to this franchise who was trying to build around him. In return, Patrick Beverley and former Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams joined the team. Along with Beverely and Williams, the Clippers were also able to add Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations.
Unbelievable amount of emotions right now.. pic.twitter.com/1FB7ade7uC
— Chris Paul (@CP3) June 28, 2017
After this trade, the Clippers weren’t done just yet. They were able to re-sign their five-time All-Star power forward Blake Griffin to a max contract. Griffin has had numerous injuries over the past few seasons and some could be questioning whether he is worth the hefty cost of $175 million for five seasons. However, if Griffin can stay healthy, then he can play like his All-Star self. After the Clippers officially announced that they had resigned the power forward, he released a statement, which read as follows.
The following is from NBA.com:
“I just want to say how excited I am to be back. Obviously, this has been my home since I have been drafted.”
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 19, 2017
After this bit of business, the Clippers added two more quality players to their resume. They ventured overseas to land Milos Teodosic, who was playing in Moscow. In the Euroleague, Teodosic averaged 16.1 points and 6.8 assists per game. The Clippers also added Danilo Gallinari who is starting to age, but has the potential to add some value to a team in need like the Clippers.
When you now look at the 2017 L.A. Clippers, they don’t feel like a complete team. Watching their offseason, it seemed like they were starting the rebuilding process when Chris Paul was traded. However, surprisingly they pulled through, designing their roster to be a team that can now actually contend for a championship in the coming years.
Obviously, the Clippers don’t have the starters to win a championship, so the team is now left with a mediocre starting five with a great bench. Since it would appear head coach Doc Rivers wasn’t doing his best in the Front Office, the Clippers announced that he was relieved from all aforementioned duties, and will focus only on coaching.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 4, 2017
At best, the Clippers are bound to make the playoffs as a seven seed. At this point, the front office needs to decide if they want to start the rebuilding process for this franchise or make more trades for more stars to build a strong team for a championship.
Final Grade: B-