The Los Angeles Clippers are now focused in the upcoming offseason after suffering an early elimination in the Western Conference playoffs. Aside from re-signing their incoming free agents, Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers revealed what they plan to improve this summer.
“We need length,” Rivers said. “We need more length and two-way players. Again, that’s easy to say. Little harder to do with the way our contracts are. We may continue to do what we’ve done or we may decide to change our contracts and have more flexibility.”
After the Utah Jazz defeated the Clippers in the first round, coach Doc Rivers already has an idea whom they will target in the upcoming free agency. Despite having Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Rivers noticed that the Clippers still need to upgrade their frontcourt, especially the small forward position. However, before looking to for new players, the Clippers should prioritize re-signing all their incoming free agents.
Doc Rivers still hoping Clippers will not break “Big Three”
With their inability to make a deep playoff run this season, some people believe that it’s time for the Clippers to break their “Big Three”. However, coach Doc Rivers believes the Clippers should keep their core intact.
“I don’t know. I think they deserve a chance to win. They have built this legacy. I do believe that,” Rivers said Wednesday. “Whether that’s what we decide to do that or not. There’s a big part of me that believes (in them). These guys are responsible for the birth of our franchise in a lot of ways. They consider themselves Clippers. … I would love them to shepherd that through. Whether that happens or not, it’s too early to make all those decisions or they’ll make them for us. But I do have a strong belief in that.”
The “Big Three” of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan undeniably made the Clippers one of the best teams in the league. Unfortunately, since they played together in Los Angeles, their only greatest achievement was reaching the Western Conference Semifinals. Still, Rivers has a strong belief that the “Big Three” will give the Clippers their first Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Clippers eyeing to give Chris Paul and Blake Griffin max contracts
Broderick Turner of Los Angeles Times revealed that the Clippers are hoping to give Chris Paul and Blake Griffin maximum contracts in the upcoming offseason. Paul could sign a five-year deal for $205 million, while Griffin is in line for a five-year deal worth $175 million. Both superstars are yet announced their offseason decisions but they already expressed their intention to re-sign once they become free agents.
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