The Clippers have just made one of their biggest acquisitions of the offseason in signing Doc Rivers to a 3 year, 21 million dollar contract. For them, that’s huge, but it still doesn’t guarantee the return of their star player, Chris Paul. If he doesn’t return, it could be quite a disastrous season for the Clippers, as Paul was the player that completely transformed their society. Paul may be happy that the Clippers have at least made a coaching change, but as of now, their roster is the same.
The only other major trade is the Eric Bledsoe – Arron Aflalo deal. The thing about that, however, is that it’s just a replacement for Chauncey Billups, who is likely to retire. Aflalo may be an ideal shooting guard to complement Paul nicely, but is he the one that the Clippers need? Other than that, what are the Clippers going to do if Paul decides to leave. Who will be their starting point guard next season? That’s a huge deal because the point guard is the guy that completely runs the team.
Doc Rivers won the NBA Championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics in one of his most glorious seasons as a coach. Unfortunately for him, other than one other finals trip, the Celtics were always eliminated in the conference finals, or in last season’s case, the first round. Rivers, no doubt, is an excellent coach, but he may not be enough to keep Chris Paul around, I mean think about it. Paul left the Hornets because he was unhappy with getting nowhere. In these last two seasons with the Clippers, he’s made it to the 2nd round, then the first round. Both of which resulting in heart-breaking eliminations. The Clippers kept faltering in the playoffs, and that’s nobody’s fault but inexperience.
Arron Aflalo has a little bit of playoff experience, but he’s not a superstar when he’s amongst other who are good. My guess is that his production is going to drop a lot next season with the Clippers. As for Rivers, he has coached in some enormously high pressured games, and of course was successful. The coach can’t get into the game and handle the pressure, however. If guys like Blake Griffin can’t perform what’s the lure to bring other guys like Chris Paul back? We’ll see if draft day changes anything.