NBA Playoffs – The Clippers’ dynasty is on the clock before it can even begin


If the next few months are to be spent analyzing the future of Giannis Entetoconumpo and his future with the Milwaukee Bucks, it is only fair and now to spin that same light on LA Clippers.

It is surprising that this is where the Clippers make another 3-1 comeback after the Denver Nuggets, taking Game 7 104-89 and a second-round series on Tuesday night. This season the Clippers were ticketed for ascension, not derailment – but things move fast in the NBA.

After such an oozing loss, it should be pointed out that the Clippers’ season has failed. It has to be told that Kavi Leonard and Paul George are one season away from having the option to enter free agency.

And any discussion about the position of the Clippers should be premeditated with an explanation of those bets. LA traded Sha Gilligius-Alexander as the 2022, 2024 and 2026 (plus pick swaps in 2023 and 2025) and unsecured first-round picks for the Oklahoma City Thunder for the ability to title with George and Leonard. now. He soon traded his 2020 first-round pick for free agent Marcus Morris Sean.

He found his way out in a pinch. This offseason could offer the Clippers George a contract extension of up to three years. With everything traded, they are forced to give it up. But George currently holds the option to become a free agent in 2021 (due to a player option) or 2022, and there is a fair chance he could pass on a Clippers offer. Leonard has the same deal.

Where the Clippers will be released before next season begins, in the same place as the hosts of other teams like the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks: plotting a leap of faith Happened. Buck, who has resided on the edge of the cliff with Entitocumpo, won’t mind the company before deciding whether to sign an upcoming contract extension proposal.

Once that business is pushed aside, many around the league think the Clippers will feel the need to do a top-down analysis of how far things have strayed from their top-favorite position.

In some cases, such as Orlando moving to Tailspin in the bubble after an extended absence due to deaths in Montreal Hurl and the Lou Williams family and quarantine, there were simply unforeseen circumstances that went against them.

But many of the faults this clipper had overcome last week in three straight losses were not new.

There are definitely some planned issues. Coach Doc Rivers probably didn’t use enough pick-and-roll plays when the offense stopped. Perhaps relying on a bench that was high on scoring, but low on defense was a mistake. Perhaps Patrick Beverley should have stopped trying to be such an insect on defense that he was constantly harassed by dishonesty. Perhaps there was a need to smooth George’s awkward offensive game. Maybe Leonard’s incredible shotmaking skills make him less prone to becoming a playwright for teammates under pressure from the playoffs.

These are all justified and contributing factors that happened. But clippings were judiciously constructed to be able to accommodate any opponent. They can play big, they can play small, they can play fast, they can play slow, they can do shooting lineups or rebounding lineups. He should have avoided any of these issues, in theory.

Leonard has two rings that prove this. And here’s one for his thoughts as he tries to get some sleep: Had he lived in Toronto, he would almost certainly have been close to ring number three.

This is going to prove to be a bitter crime, but rival officials do not expect it to bring about a drastic change. The Clippers will likely try to re-sign free agents Harel, Morris Sr. and Jemaichle Green (if he exits).

With that George trade, they are now in the deep and they need all the supporting characters they can keep; If it is not to be returned completely, at least keep the possibility of trades. If they are willing to take long-term money in an uncertain financial and salary cap landscape, league sources believe that a few players on their roster can be stitched together to execute a trade to bring in more talent. Can.

His boss is currently valued at north of $ 70 billion and Steve Ballmer is unlikely to express concern about the luxury tax.

This is as hard to believe as the Clippers may need to recreate their bench, despite having two of the three highest finishers in the sixth Man of the Year poll with Harley and Williams – and they Contracts can help.

As one rival executive said: “You’ve heard of the saying, ‘For a dollar? Well they’re for a dollar, 95 cents.”

The poker reference is a good one. You can debate whether LA was just a pair of torn aces on the river card by the Nuggets or if their hand was just a combo draw that missed. Although it is classified, it was the correct move. The only right option is the loss season and hopefully try to join hands to get the team out again.

The pot looks like commited. Inam was considered a brilliant window of title dispute that would make irrelevant Leonard’s decision not to sign for a maximum of four years in the summer of 2019.

But when the dust settled on that flimsy coup, the reality was that the Clippers had only two years. Now the first year is over.

As dizzy as it may seem, the clock has started ticking.

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