Los Angeles Clippers Offseason Questions
Without a GM in place as Neil Olshey bolted to Portland for greener pastures, the Clippers will need to hire someone with credentials in order to make sure they can field a team that is capable of improving upon this years success. However, under notoriously cheap owner Donald Sterling, it should come as no surprise that Olshey is no longer with the team.
As far as player personnel, the Clippers have five free agents including Nick Young, Chauncey Billups, Randy Foye, Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans. Assuming most are seeking a multiyear deal, the Clippers may only choose to bring back Young and perhaps Evans or Martin as they may look at Foye as a replaceable entity.
Looking into the free agent market, the Clippers need to sign an effective two guard as well as a stretch four. An effective shooting guard may not be the now 37 year old Ray Allen as he is not even half the player he used to be, particularly on defense. Going after Courtney Lee, a two-guard with size, explosiveness and impressive defensive instincts would provide the Clippers with some more size at a position they lacked size all last season.
Also, in terms of a stretch four, Lamar Odom is apparently available entering a team option year of his contract as Dallas does not want t keep him around after a disastrous experiment this season. If he is motivated to become the player he was two years prior with the Lakers, he can return to the team that drafted him after he came out of Rhode Island and move back to Los Angeles.
In order for the Clippers to be successful this season, they will need to make the moves mentioned above as well as finding some stability at the GM position in order to keep Blake Griffin and Chris Paul appeased entering their final year of their respective contracts.