Los Angeles Clippers look to take next step this off-season

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I’d say, “they’re back” but let’s be honest; the Los Angeles Clippers were never truly here to begin with.  For just the fifth time since the franchise made the move across country to the west coast, the Clips made the post-season, even advancing to the semifinals.  The arrival of Chris Paul played a major role in the team stepping out of the shadow of the Lakers.  However, there are still some moves to be made this off-season if the Clippers are going to take the next step of emerging as a legit Western Conference title contender.

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Top Ten NBA unrestricted free agents

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Now that the NBA regular season is over, fourteen teams are already looking ahead to next season.  The 2012 NBA free agency class features more talent than the 2011 class but still nowhere near 2010 when guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer, and David Lee were all on the market.  Here are the top ten NBA unrestricted free agents available this summer.  Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

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2011 NBA Free Agent Point Guard Rankings

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Not many NBA teams will be in search of acquiring a point guard via free agency this summer which is a good thing since the crop of 2011 NBA free agent point guards is weaker than “The Situation’s” game.  That will all change in summer of 2012 when Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, and Raymond Felton are all scheduled to hit the open market.  Until then, here are the top free agent point guards for this off-season.

By: David Kay

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Top 2011 NBA Free Agents

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The 2010 NBA free agent class was unlike anything we have seen in the history of the league; loaded with superstar talent switching homes and of course, “The Decision.”  The 2011 free agent class is going to be the exact opposite.  It is going to be weaker than a Survivor contestant on the 37th day of eating nothing more than mangoes and rice.

Since I first posted this article at the end of last July, a lot of the possible big names in the 2011 class have signed extensions that will prevent them from hitting the market.  That list includes Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, and Tony Parker.  Here is an updated look at the very underwhelming crop of free agents that will be available this off-season.

UPDATED: 3/4/11

By: David Kay
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