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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Clippers Look to Build Around Blake Griffin this Off-Season

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

One player can completely transform a franchise.  The Los Angeles Clippers are not yet a NBA playoff team but received an enormous boost this past season as Blake Griffin has superstar written all over him.  Now the Clippers must surround the face of their franchise with improved talent this off-season.

By: David Kay

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How Clippers Could Get Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

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The following is a result of me being bored at 2:30 a.m. and playing around on ESPN’s Trade MachineBill Simmons may be the Picasso of the Trade Machine, but I am the Michaelangelo.  Before you light me up in the comment box below, let me just clarify: I am not saying this trade idea will happen, should happen, or ever could happen, but it at least got me thinking, “Hmmmm…”

In the new-found era of super-teams in the NBA, I cannot help but think that the next duo of players to follow the Miami Heat, LeBron/Wade/Bosh blueprint and join forces for one franchise will be Chris Paul and Dwight Howard who both could become free agents in the summer of 2012.  Here is a crazy, wild, insane, probably never going to happen brainstorm; what if the Los Angeles Clippers made a push to acquire CP3 and Howard, and team them up with Blake Griffin to form a megapower?

By: David Kay

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Griffin and Gordon Try to Change the Clipper Culture

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The Clippers have had one winning season in the past 17 years.  No wonder they are the laughing stock of the NBA.  But with building blocks like Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, the franchise is inching its way in the right direction and hoping to shake their losing culture.

By: David Kay
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Can the Clipper Curse be Reversed this Off-Season?

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Their hopeful missing piece didn’t play a single minute.  They fired their head coach and general manager.  Once again, the Clippers were a non-factor in the Western Conference.  This off-season L.A.’s other team has a chance to make a splash with a ton of cap space and another lottery pick.  But can this haunted franchise finally reverse the Clipper Curse?
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