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LABraves4Life
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So as expected, the Clippers didn’t land Lebron. Oh well. As a true Clippers fan you always need to look at next year. With that said, let’s look at what was done and what the future may hold. If Blake can be a star and drive the Clippers into the playoffs this year, then the Clippers would instantly be on every free agents possible destination list. With that in mind, let’s look at the 2011 potential targets.

Thank goodness the Clipps didn’t pull a Grizz or Hawks move and pay 2nd tier talent with 5 or 6 year top tier money! Wisely, the Clippers locked up affordable guys in Foye, Gomes, Cook all to short term, easily tradable contracts. Then with the most important strategic moves they retained Rhino and Butler (chemistry guys who actually want to be Clippers) both to one year deals. This is exactly what I begged the Clippers to do because it makes 2011 the year of Clippers free agent spending.

Why free agents should come to the Clippers:

Upside: 1 LA! Desirable city, ideal climate, huge marketing potential. 2. Young roster ready to break out 3. Best training facility in the league 4. Chance to forever be known as the free agent that changed an entire team’s legacy.

Downsides: 1. High state’s income tax 2.Donald Sterling owns team 3. Team’s current legacy

Here are the players that could be great targets: (player’s age next summer in parenthesis)

Carmelo (27): The prize of next summer. He would leave because his team is AGING: Billups34, Kenyon33, Harington 31, and Birdman 33. He would put the Clippers on the map, fill their only gaping hole (small forward), and make the Clippers, Lakers, and Thunder battle it out for western conference championships every year.

Yao (30): Considering leaving basketball forever. If he stays and is healthy, he’s the only player not named Carmelo that I see pushing the Clippers into the actual championship hunt.

Tony Parker (29): With Duncan 35 and Ginobilli 34 the Spurs run is done. Is he young enough to be the PG that takes Blake and Gordon to the championship?

Mike Conley (23): Grizz aren’t sold on him, so should we be? I think it will depend on how promising Bledsoe looks this season. The Grizz gave Gay max money, Randolph is going to want more than Gay,

Gasol will want similar. If all 3 of these guys get paid, that’s approx $45 mil year in 3 guys. That leaves OJ Mayo free agent in 2012 who will want big raise) or Mike Conley as odd man out in a small market.

JR Smith (25): Only 25 as of next summer. Amazing 3 point shooter who could provide ample spacing for Griffin and Kaman to work down low.

Al Horford (25): Similar situation to the Grizz. They overpaid with Joe Johnson $120 mil. He’ll make $18 mil next season alone. With Smith, Marvin, Bibby all under contract they’re on the hook for $50 mil, and that’s before paying free agents Horford or Jamal Williams. Can the Hawks afford to max out Hordford and be on the hook for $65 mil next year in that small market? Horford would be a great, YOUNG Center to pair with young Blake, Gordon, Bledsoe, and Aminu, as a 28 year old Kaman would have great trade value next summer in the last year of his deal.

Tyson Chandler (28): Has a great attitude as he announced this summer he’s willing to be a backup center behind Haywood. He’s on Cuban's team, so unlikely Cuban doesn’t overpay to keep Chandler.

Thaddeus Young (23): He was the 2nd best player on Philly, but they got ping pong ball lucky and now have Evan Turner who can play the 2 or the 3. With EB untradeable @ 2 years/$35 mil, Iggy making 3 years/$45 mil, and Turner the future, this team has the SG, SF, PF positions all locked up, barring a trade of Iggy. This would make it highly unlikely Philly matches a large offer to restricted free agent forward Young if they have no room in starting lineup for him. If the Clippers had their choice of Iggy (27) 31% 3 point shooter, or Young (23) 35% 3 point shooter you would be in a tough spot to pick. BUT, with Iggy requiring a trade to get him, and Young being available as a free agent this choice is easy.

Jason Richardson (30): Amazing 3 point shooter! Suns are done. Nash and Hill way to old at 37 and 36. Amare already bolted. Rich is older, but he would symbolize a win now mentality the Clipps have been trying to sell. Getting Rich would also make Gordon best 6th man in league.

My Vote: Plan A: Trade for Granger mid-season. Plan B: Trade for Gerald Wallace mid-season. Plan C: Keep cap space and offer world to Carmelo in summer of 2011. Plan D: Keep cap space and offer Al Hordford a contract the Hawks can’t afford to match. After getting Horford, then trade Kaman for either a young stud PG or SF depending on who looked more promising: Bledsoe or Aminu.

Who would you want the Clippers to target in 2011 free agency??? Did I forget anyone from my list? Lets hear it!

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I like Thad young a lot. If we could steal him from Philly, he and Aminu or Gomes if Aminu doesn't pan out will cover the three very nicely.

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Trade all our SF's for Thad young. Lol J/k. Is he a restricted free agent after this year?

spontane
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Thadeus Young???!!!??? Isn't he Al Thornton -1.0? We have at least 3 players that can fill the wing position better than him. As for 2011 we should be thinking about taking Iggy off of philly's hands and not Al, uhh, I mean young. The only better option for the right price besides Iggy is Carmelo but that is another not GUARANTEED move that might not pay off, cough, lebron.

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I'm with spontane. Thadeus Young is too inconsistent and irregular, similar to Thornton

LABraves4Life
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Thad young is a restricted free agent next summer. However, the 76ers spent WAY too much stealing EB, and now have poor salary cap room. See link.

http://hoopshype.com/salaries/philadelphia.htm

The total of $48 mil for 2011 season is made up of only 5 players. If you add Speights, and Holiday they're at $53 million and thats before they decide to keep restricted free agents: Young, Hawes, or Smith.

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YOUng is a pf, but I think aminu will be a t young.

lacsmoove
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Isn't it sad that we're talking about next year already? I'm still holding out hope for this season.

jarca
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we only have ryan gomes, foye, and cook to show for the great 2010 FA so yeah it's sad that we're talking about next year

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If we can make the playoff's I say Carmelo Carmelo Carmelo

LABraves4Life
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I have huge hope for this season also! In fact I don't think the Clippers have a shot at all of landing Carmelo or any big name without having a breakout season.

I think the Clippers current roster could be an 8th seed just sneaking them into the playoffs. With any luck and maybe a trade for an expiring contract of someone like Prince, the Clippers could easily be a 4 or 5 seed. Making the playoffs has never been more critical as we need that to happen so the rest of the country can start hearing about all our young prospects and bright future.

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I'm not gonna get my hopes up on signing a top free agent, I learned my lesson with this offseason. I would love it if the Clippers could still acquire Iggy without trading any of our youth, maybe once Foye or Gomes can be traded, throw in an expiring Butler, a pick and the rest of our capspace. I know it's very unlikely but that would be ideal for me. Another more realistic option that I would like, would be to acquire a player like Xavier Henry or Paul George by absorbing an additional contract like OKC did to acquire Eric Maynor, then just ride out the youth movement.

dee
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not to be negative, but please don't show me players that don't want to play here or our owner is too cheap to get. i like the clippers, but let's be realistic.

MannyA
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If u only want to hear about players that want to play here, u are not gonna hear about anybody worthwhile, that's why we have to try an acquire by trade. Also player salary is not as big an issue financially as team salary.

LABraves4Life
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Sterling offered the MAX to Kobe and Lebron. Why would he not do the same for Carmelo? Do you need him to offer more than he's allowed to for you to stop thinking Sterling is cheap? Sterling used to be cheap. This new Sterling has been just fine.

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I think Sterling offered Kobe and Lebron the max because he knew those contracts were bargains and he'd make more money on the deal with increased revenues... Gay, on the other hand, got a max contract that won't generate enough revenue to cover it.

Sterling is very smart with his money. He needs his expenditures to add up on the bottom line. He needs to make money. If he can win in the meantime, I think he'd be fine with that, but given a choice between losing money to winning, and making money while losing, I think he'd make the money and lose.

During the Dunleavy era he did spend. Will he continue to spend? We'll see. So far, this off season hasn't been promising, but there wasn't a lot out there that wanted to come here.

lacsmoove
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I think Sterling has been willing to spend, yet the problem with players coming here is the culture. We don't have one. It's so obvious to me that we need a leader on this team and on the floor .(Sam Cassell type of player) That's why I thought if all the other options were lost (Lebron etc.) we should've done like David Aldridge said and made a trade with Detroit for Prince(he said Det. would probably trade him for a second round pick). If he could just give us what he gave Detroit last year (37% from 3, 40+% from the field, great defense) he would fill all our needs @ the 3. Maybe equally as or even more inportant than that is the veteran Cahmpionship experience he'd bring. Other than Brian Cook, I don't think anyone on our team has been to the Finals and Cook probably won't even play. And only a hand few (3 or 4 guys) have been to the playoffs. I would have a lot more confindence right now if we had made that type of move.Point is it's too tough for me to think about next year. We're not even near pre-season yet.

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