Additions: Alan Anderson, Brandon Bass, Raymond Felton, Marreese Speights, Devyn Marble
Departures: Cole Aldrich, Jeff Green, Pablo Prigioni, CJ Wilcox, Branden Dawson
Year after year I’m always disappointed with the Los Angeles Clippers. I’m not even a fan of the them–I just don’t understand how or why they always choke in the playoffs year-after-year with the talent they have. Superstars/All-Stars including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are just too good not to have at least one ring together. JJ Redick usually finishes with a top 3 point field goal % in the league every year too. They even added the late, great Paul Pierce. But they still might be missing “that guy”.
The Clippers tried to bolster their roster by adding Kevin Durant as part of a big-4 pitch ; but he rejected the offer and instead joined another big-4 in the West. The Clips dominated the first two games of the playoffs against the Trail Blazers (winning both games by 20+ points) but went on to lose four in a row to get eliminated in the first round.
It’s almost like there’s a curse on them when the playoffs come. Los Angeles is hoping that the additions of Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights will add some size so Griffin can focus more on scoring this year. They also hope that Brice Johnson can be another Blake Griffin-type player in the NBA, so we’ll have to see what we get out of him.