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Doc Rivers explains the multiple roles he wants Blake Griffin to take on this season

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Chris Paul's decision to join the Houston Rockets will see the Los Angeles Clippers move in a different direction and adopt a new style this season.

During his time in L.A., CP3 orchestrated the team's entire offence and was responsible for facilitating everything on the floor for Doc Rivers' team.

Paul is arguably the best playmaker in the league and the Clippers leaned heavily on him to get everybody involved and generate his own offence during his six years.

With the All-Star point guard now gone, Rivers is hoping to create an offence focused on ball movement instead of having one player dominate the ball.

Speaking earlier this summer, the head coach claimed that he had to adapt to Paul's style of play but is now keen to return to his preferred philosophy.

"We're going to have ball movement," Rivers said in July when asked what the biggest difference in the team will be. "That's one of the things, for the most part, that I've always preached.

"With Chris' skill, you wanted to take advantage of what he could do and he's a guy who needed the ball to make plays. And he did it so well, you kind of changed to do that.

"If you look at my work historically, it's been more of a ball movement, cut basketball team and that's what we're going to get back to doing."

One way the former Boston Celtics coach is hoping to introduce this new style is by utilising the many skills of big man Blake Griffin.

After re-signing with the Clippers on a five-year, $173 million contract extension in the summer, Rivers said the athletic power forward will now take on more responsibility offensively in a variety of roles.

“There will be times when Blake is the tallest guy on the floor,” Rivers said. “We want him to be an aggressive player, an attack player.

“He’ll bring the ball up at times. He’ll be one of the guys we use as a facilitator.”

The five-time All-Star is one of the most skilled bigs in the league and can get a triple-double on any given night.

His passing and ball handling abilities are hugely impressive for a player of his size and the team will have to lean heavily on him throughout the year and hope that he remains healthy.

Los Angeles has a new-look team as Paul's trade saw them receive several players from Houston such as Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Sam Dekker.

It'll be interesting to see how Rivers will re-invent his squad and whether he can lead them to the playoffs in an increasingly difficult Western Conference.

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