Clippers Stand Pat at Deadline....
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.
Eric 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.