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clipper*joe
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Didn't see it posted yet. Hope you don't mind, Eric. Very Happy

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=16633

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beat me to the punch by two minutes! Smile

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Great Article..

One quote that stood out to me was this one right here...

"It was a very, very light depth chart in terms of point guard in the draft. We think it's a very, very light depth chart in terms of point guards in free agency," said Olshey. "So we just could not get caught going into July back on that routine of trying to find a diamond in the rough - or trying to bring back a veteran who doesn't have enough juice left in the tank."

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Yeah, saw the time stamp on it and didn't see it here so I posted it. Loved the article, by the way...

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Great Article,

It sounds to me like Olshey really knows what he is doing. I think he did a great job with the draft. Now I hope there is some magic left for free agency.

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I was thinking the same thing! Very Happy

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With Free Agnecy near, one thing is clear. We won't get S**t (sorry for the typos but as Miguel can attest Spanish wine is great)

We should as I mentioned keep our cash in our pocket and our peck*rs in our pants. Sorry to be redundant again but nobody who's looking for a ring will want to play with BG, BD, DJ and EJ THIS SEASON. Reality check. They aren't star material this year (yet) Everyone thinks BG is the second coming of Larry Bird (he can't be he ain't ugly enough and I won't make any jokes about French Lick). We don't have a dominant player who can take over. Sorry again but the Rookie Russian Roulette Rule, one chance out of six or more BG will bomb.

LBJ is the only FA worth persuing and he can't be guaranteed of a finals spot here (He won't go to Chi because he'd be overshadowed by MJ no matter how good he plays.) JJ or Rudy aren't Take Over players so even with them we'll struggle for a playoff berth (birth??) There we are with a FA that won't help, little cap and our thumbs between our cheeks (Pick the end of the body you want). JJ or Gay will cost a lot and we have to overpay for Rudy. We could get Deng but he ain't in your face.

Anyway, hold on to our cash this year, wait for BG, DJ, Rhino and EJ to develop and maybe Sofo. . They all have only POTENTIAL and are relatively cheap but they ain't worth squatola (now). If they mature in a year we have a MONSTER team. Next year we go after Mello and we'd have a championship quality team to offer. (no doo-doo, we will) BD will still have a little gas in the tank and he and Mello would be a good fit. Also Mello will kick his tuchus or embarras him We can offer him

BD. 12ppg, 8 asst

EJ 18+ ppg, one of the best on ball defenders around

BG-- assume 20/10 in 2011-12

Kaman 18/10

This in not a crackpipe (or Spanish wine) dream.

Get a servicable SF who can play bench next year Sool or ?? Outlaw implied he didn't want to come back. If this team isn't good enough can't carry a so-so SF we're screwed. WE're not top quality. Groom our rookie SF and get a young team that may not break 0.500 but that will play with passion and will be fun to watch

Again my favorite quote from Enter the Dragon "I never worry about losin' 'caus I'll be so busy lookin' pretty I won't even notice."

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why wait a whole season when we can make the team competitive this season and then build on the chemistry they have built this year into next we wont get LBJ but we can make a strong trade for a SF iggy being ideal anyway this is all time passing chatter, who knows what Olshey has planned out whatever it is im sure hes looking at all the avenues available and will make the best decision for the team in his opinion.

now we play the waiting game.......the waiting game sucks.

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toohipclip- I don't like wine but I know there's definetelly some good wine around here...

I agree with toohipclip that we have to take care about who we offer the money to. I think Gay doesn't worth it. And JJ is not the kind of player we really need.

I proposed one name in another post who could fit if we are looking for an intermediate solution: John Salmons. He has been a key player for the Bulls two seasons ago and for the Bucks last year. If I'm not wrong he's a FA and I think he could start for us as small forward. He's veteran (29) and a proven scorer and we could sign him for the right price.

Definetelly a name to consider...

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It depends on if you want to be a contender. (see the movie On the Waterfront) We've watched Kobe, LBJ, Mello, MJ, Magic etc etc take over a game and win by sheer willpower and superhuman talent. Remember when LBJ singlehandedly overcame a 19 pt deficit to beat us? That's what we need to be contenders. Iggy, Gay or JJ, EJ, BD, BG, DJ, CK can't do that. We have no valid #1 option now. Gay, Iggy or JJ ain't what we need to plug the hole. If our team had had time to develop it's full potential LBJ would be beating down the door. What if we have a team that big people want to play for and are stuck with a so-so SF with a big contract? You've got a first or at best second round PO team. Right now we're s*cking hind t*t.

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It depends on if you want to be a contender. (see the movie On the Waterfront) We've watched Kobe, LBJ, Mello, MJ, Magic etc etc take over a game and win by sheer willpower and superhuman talent. Remember when LBJ singlehandedly overcame a 19 pt deficit to beat us? That's what we need to be contenders.

I agree this is a factor that separates Kobe, Lebron, and a few others from the rest of the pack. The problem is that all of Lebrons "superhuman talents" are known and studied by the rest of the league as well, so they are all waiting for July 1 to make an offer.

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Iggy, Gay or JJ, EJ, BD, BG, DJ, CK can't do that

Actually one of the first three guys you mentioned would be a good acquisition because they are most likely what's going to be left after July 8. Chicago pulled off something extraordinary a few days ago. By trading away Kirk Hinrich they cleared up enough cap space to potentially offer Lebron James and Chris Bosh a contract. To me that shows that they are really serious about getting Lebron, where as we have not done any such move this offseason. However, even if we did something drastic like trade Kaman or trade Baron I would think it would be in vain. The Clippers have a negative stereotype to live down, and until we get our team back into the playoffs no big name free agent is going to look at this team as a favorable destination.

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We have no valid #1 option now.

This is where we do agree. At present I think we are lackinga #1 option...a guy who can score in the 20's and put up 10 boards or 10 assists. We do however have a very good second option in Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon's numbers are good as well and he could be our third best option, Baron Davis' performance probably ranks as the fourth best option on playoff team. Still, what's unique about this situation is that we can have a potential #1 option...Blake Griffin. Blake was highly touted before the draft, and every expert expected him to become an instant star. After watching his numbers in the summer league (i think they were something like 16 PPG, 8RPG) I think the hype was very accurate. The problem is that we have to wait for our #1 guy to grow into the role, so expect him to be there about 2-3 years.

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Gay, Iggy or JJ ain't what we need to plug the hole.

Again we will probably have to pick from the left overs in free agency so these guys are what we need at the moment...at least until we have made a successful playoff appearance and the rest of the league sees that we are finally going to commit to winning.

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If our team had had time to develop it's full potential LBJ would be beating down the door. serious about winning.

True, but sadly he becomes a free agent when we have all all the right peices but not the right expereince

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What if we have a team that big people want to play for and are stuck with a so-so SF with a big contract? You've got a first or at best second round PO team. Right now we're s*cking hind t*t.

Well, we kind of already have that problem except we have a so-so point guard with a big contract, not a so-so SF.

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