Clippers Stand Pat at Deadline....

2/24/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Los Angeles Clippers were linked to several rumors nearing the trade deadline this past Thursday, yet decided inevitably that sacrificing the current team chemistry to chase a championship for only one season would not be the correct route.  What the Clippers are going through is a process - you can't just send away two young guns who learn something new every day for one Kevin Garnett and expect to win a championship in half a season.

The Clippers front office, led by Gary Sacks clearly understood that, but they also understand that having those conversations are necessary to prove to their star players (Chris Paul and Blake Griffin) that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make this team a perennial contender.

Feb 23, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Jazz 107-94. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsEric Bledsoe is a hot commodity around the NBA these days; a lightning quick point guard who has had the benefit of learning under Paul and Chauncey Billups over the last two seasons.  His strength also allows him to get places on the floor that guys his size normally have trouble doing. 

DeAndre Jordan, another part of that original rumor, is clearly a work-in-progress who has shown some signs of vast improvement from a season ago. However, his price-tag is a bit hefty as the Clippers will be paying him over $10 million for the next two seasons after matching the offer sheet he signed with Golden State. 

The Clippers have a roster full of talent to work with this year. They may not reach the NBA Finals and they may not be the top team in the league, but they are improving at a rapid rate - one eerily similar to that of the Oklahoma City Thunder over the last few seasons. 

The Clippers will be gracing the upper echelon of the Western Conference Standings for years to come. 
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