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Clippers Roster Outlook Without Chris Paul

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Clippers New Look Roster Without Chris Paul

For the last six years, the Los Angeles Clippers have made the playoffs with Chris Paul leading the way. But after a blockbuster deal with Houston this offseason, the Clippers roster will look completely different. Most notably without CP3 and J.J. Reddick as the starting backcourt leading the way. Not to mention Jamal Crawford won’t be coming off the bench to add double-digit scoring night in and night out. So how does the Clippers new roster look after this crazy NBA free agency frenzy? Let’s dive into their most important moves/signings.

Details of the Blockbuster Trade

On June 28th, 2017, reported that the Rockets acquired Paul from Los Angeles. In exchange, the Clippers acquired Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a protected first-round pick next year and cash considerations. The Rockets acquired Hilliard from Detroit and Liggins from Dallas for cash considerations before adding them to the deal.

Houston now has a backcourt led by two of the best guards in the league.

And we know that Houston will make a deep run in the playoffs next year. Despite both Harden and Paul both being ball-dominant guards.

Beverly and Lou Williams were extremely good pickups. Beverly will add defensive tenacity off the bench, and Williams will fill in the scoring void left by the departure of Crawford. And don’t forget the Wisconsin alumni Sam Dekker. He’ll be a formidable back-up forward who can stretch the floor, and has surprisingly good athleticism. But where does this leave the rest of L.A.’s roster after losing their best player/leader?

Clippers Free Agency

A few days after trading away Chris Paul, free agency was about to officially begin. And with CP3 out of the picture, Los Angeles’ main focus was retaining Blake Griffin. And they did just that. But it came at a price. On July 1st, 2017, Griffin signed a 5 year, $173 million max deal.

A few days later, on July 6, L.A. signed former Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari to a 3 year, $65 million via a 3 team sign and trade. This finally fills a huge hole that the team has had at the small forward position for the last few years. With these two signings, the Clippers finally solidified their front court.

The team also brought over guard Milos Teodosic from the Euro League. The Serbian guard played for CSKA Moscow for the past six seasons, and the Clippers are hoping that he fills some of the void left by trading Chris Paul.

 2017-2018 Outlook of Clippers Season Without Chris Paul

Although the Clippers lost their starting backcourt from the last half-decade, they did a good enough job in free agency to keep them in the playoff hunt. Gallinari finally fills the void that Los Angeles has had at the 3 spot. The Clips also strengthened their bench in my opinion, as Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly and Sam Dekker are all formidable bench players.

But have the Clippers done enough to extend their playoff streak to seven years in a row?

Find out in my next article!

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