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Los Angeles Clippers (Last Year: 51-31)
2017-18 Projected Depth Chart:
C: DeAndre Jordan/Diamond Stone
PF: *Blake Griffin/Brice Johnson
SF: *Luc Mbah a Moute/Wesley Johnson
SG: Austin Rivers/Jamal Crawford
PG: *Chris Paul
NBA Free Agents:
*PF-Blake Griffin (PO)
*PG-Chris Paul (PO)
*SF-Luc Mbah a Moute (PO)
SG-J.J. Redick (UFA)
PG-Raymond Felton (UFA)
PF-Marreese Speights (UFA)
SG-Alan Anderson (UFA)
PF-Brandon Bass (UFA)
2017-18 Team Salary: Approximately $59.6 million
NBA Offseason Team Needs:
1. How Much is CP3 Worth?:
The Clips face two major decisions in free agency. The first is Chris Paul, who will opt out of the final year of his contract and test the open market. Will he want to stay with a franchise that continues to fail in the playoffs, or will he want to move on to a different team? If he wants to stay with the Clippers, how much are they willing to pay the 32-year-old?
2. How Much is Blake Worth?:
Blake Griffin is in the same situation as Chris Paul where he can and likely will opt out of his contract to see what free agency holds. Will Griffin want to stay with the Clippers? How much will they want to pay him? This is a pivotal offseason, and it all starts with Paul and Griffin.
3. Round out the Roster:
Depending on what happens with their two superstars, the Clippers may once again have to be crafty rounding out their roster. New contracts for Paul and Griffin would likely get the Clippers to the salary cap, which means they'd have to find role players willing to take the minimum for a reserve role.
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