I have a column over at ESPN.com. The takeaway: 

For Clippers fans, each scenario is awful for a different reason. The possibility that Brand never harbored any love for Clippers fans -- that his outward displays of loyalty were intended solely to bolster his "good guy" image -- is gut-wrenching. But what's equally terrifying is the idea that the Clippers can't even get it together to retain a player who actually wants to be there, all things being equal. That would mean recent flashes of know-how by the organization are merely aberrations in a terminal course of failure.

Clippers fans, by their nature, can stomach a great deal of indignity. But either circumstance -- cold-blooded betrayal or woeful neglect -- is something not even Clippers fans are truly equipped to deal with.

Full piece is here