After multiple failed attempts to reach the Western Conference Finals, much less get to the actual Finals, is it time to move on from the Doc / CP3 / Blake Griffin experiment?
Not necessarily. They do have a great winning record of 262-132 since the arrival of Chris Paul in 2011. 2013 was their best year with a 57-25. At one point the Clippers were actually better than the Warriors, granted the Warriors were young, dumb and new to the league.
Blake Griffin: Stay or Fly Away?
Blake Griffin (27) was selected 1st in the '09 Draft by the Clippers, but after suffering a stress fracture in his left kneecap didn't make his debut until the following year. Although he is very effective in scoring, he is very injury prone and hasn't played a full season since 2013-14 after suffering an ankle sprain before the playoffs began. In December 2016 he had surgery on his right knee and has returned with no restrictions or pain so far. Blake is under contract this upcoming offseason, estimated to make $21 Million, but has a player option and will most likely opt out for a max contract.
Yeah, Clippers should pay him, when he decides to Opt out simply because he is a great scorer. Currently averaging 21.8 PPG / 8.5 REB / 5.1 AST and multiple amazing posters, he's a great player.
Chris Paul: The Point Guard of the Past
In 6 regular season with the Clippers he's averaged 18.7 PPG / 9.9 AST / 4.2 REB / 2.2 STL in 388 games, but in the playoffs, he turns the scoring switch up to 20.6 PPG. He like Blake is also injury prone. Tore the cartilage in his right knee requiring surgery to remove it in 2010, but hasn't been a problem since. A hamstring injury in game 7 vs Spurs 2015, which he played through dropping 27 points in 37 minutes and hit the game-winning shot. A broken right-hand Game 4 vs Trailblazers April 2016 which wasre-aggravated in December 2016 and most recent, a Torn ligament in his left thumb 2017.
Sure, Bring him back on a max as well and either sign and trade or keep him till the wheels fall off. He is a big reason why DeAndre was snatched up from Dallas and made the Clippers relevant.
Doc Rivers: GM, President and Coach
Doc Rivers has not lived up to the hype, mostly because this is not the East. A lineup like the Clippers big 3 would be a legit contender in the East and could give LeBron a run for the conference. Doc has had great runs, great record and if not for injuries he could've at one point actually made the Finals. At this point, he has taken a hold of the Presidential position along with his regular Head coaching duties and it hasn't panned out.
In reality, their aren't many options out there to help the Clippers moving forward, the best option is hiring a GM and having Doc focus on coaching Full-time.
The Truth About The Clippers and the Salary Cap
If the Clippers were to "lock up" the duo, along with D.J. they would be eating up about 95% of the Cap which would present a dilemma. When it comes to seeking new F.A. and re-signing current roster F.A. They do have one of the richest owners in the NBA worth over $29 Billion, but spending money stupidly because you have it won't be a quick solution, just like duct tape to a leaking boat, even though the Clippers have been selling out games and are a playoff team every year.