Apr 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (5), power forward Blake Griffin (middle) and point guard Chauncey Billups (right) on the bench at the end of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Grizzlies won 103-93. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Is The Overhaul Necessary for the Clippers?

With the Clippers saying that their primary focus is now Doc Rivers, the talks about Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have faded a bit. Rivers, without a doubt, is a fantastic coach, and may alluring to Chris Paul to re-sign with the Clips. Unfortunately for them, however, they may not realize that they do in fact need more than just a good coach to do well. The Clippers possibly need a change in their lineup.

Blake Griffin, the current starting power forward, is an unstoppable force and is on the rise as one of the better players in the league. While it may seem like Paul and Griffin have chemistry with their fantastic lobs, they may not be able to mesh well. It’s been speculated that they don’t like each other, and that may hinder their abilities to play well as teammates. Perhaps they need a trade for KG.

The problem with this, however, is that Griffin is one of the on-the-rise players, and Garnett is towards the end of his career, and is only one or two seasons away from becoming washed up. That’s not what the Clippers need: another veteran who’s lost his way. As for Paul Pierce, he’s always going to be a solid contributor, so for the Clippers, that could be a good move.

There has also been a lot of talk that Dwight Howard could enter the season. For the Clippers, this would be bringing in three All-Stars or former All-Stars to the roster, creating a super-team. The chemistry won’t take long to come, but how many seasons of greatness would they have left in them. One or two at most, then Pierce and Garnett would surely retire, leaving Paul all alone. Paul will then leave, and the Clippers will once again become one of those teams that is at the bottom of their division. None of Clippers nation wants that.

It may not be hard for Doc Rivers to take over and help the Clippers get some postseason wins, but they’re going to need a roster change to actually be winning. Unfortunately for them, that would mean dismantling this already-talented team. What should they do?

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  • Clippersfan4471

    Having Doc Rivers as coach is like catching fly’s with honey. Free Agents in the next few years will WANT to come to the Clippers to be a part of what could/should be something special. As for Garnett and Pierce, I think the Clips FO are trying to send a message to CP3 that they are serious about winning NOW!! Having CP3 locked up for the next 5 years gives him and BG a great window of opportunity but it also means that we have 5 years to win a championship and not just 2-3. My ideal situation is this:
    1. Give Boston a 1st round pick for the rights to sign Doc.
    2. If Stern can keep his nose out of this, then trade DJ to Boston with another 1st round pick.
    3. “Hope” that the C’s decide to waive/buyout Pierce giving us a “chance” to sign him as a FA.
    4. Trade Bledsoe to Orlando with our 25th pick from this year in exchange for their No.2. We could then draft either the “3 and D” player so popular right now OR draft a Centre who can learn for a year or 2 playing and training with KG every day so that they are ready to take over when KG does retire.
    Sounds simple right??? Comments welcome. (Just don’t abuse me please…)

    • Clippersfan4471

      And just as a side note, I’d happily throw in Caron if we have to take back Courtney Lee. I love Caron’s effort and heart but his best days are gone. Lee still has an upside and would thrive playing next to CP3.