This season presents a crossroads for the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s been six seasons since Chris Paul made his way to L.A. A lot has changed for the “second place” franchise in the city.
After the establishment of “Lob City” in the City of Angels, the organisation has enjoyed an unparalleled period of relevancy in one of the NBA’s biggest markets. The Lakers hit a slide after gambling on big names in free agency.
With the perennial power in the city weakened, the other team that calls the Staples Center home has stepped it up in a major way. They have reached the playoffs in each of those seasons after being an afterthought for much of the last decade.
But, everything hasn’t been great for the franchise as they have had to endure a lot of heartbreaking playoff loses.
CP3 still has never reached the conference finals or a championship round in his career. Golden State’s new status as a super-team will make that goal hard to achieve.
The most worrying development for fans is the fact that both Paul and Griffin will be free agents at the end of the year. However, reports from ESPN say that owner Steve Ballmer is going to do everything in his power to keep both of his superstars with the team.
Next years’ salary cap spike will hopefully create enough space to sign both the point guard and the power forward comfortably. Unfortunately for the players, they will still have to contend with a top-heavy Western Conference to challenge for a championship.
It will likely take some luck for the Clippers to even make it to the conference finals but, stranger things have happened in the NBA. Going into this season, the team will have to keep the summer off their minds and focus on bringing home that first banner.