Over at ESPN Los Angeles, I wrote about the Clippers’ needs this off-season, and which players fit that criteria:
Doc Rivers has stated that re-signing Collison is the team’s top priority, but that might not be realistic. Unless Collison is willing to accept a marginal pay raise to between $2.5 to $3 million (unlikely), Los Angeles will likely have to address its other weaknesses first and could ultimately seek out a cheaper replacement.
Assuming the Clippers don’t miraculously clear cap space or pull off a sign-and-trade for LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony, they don’t have much leeway to make significant additions. They will only have the mid-level exception ($5.3 million per year) and the bi-annual exception ($2 million) at their disposal, as well as veteran minimum contracts ($1.2 million to $1.4 million).
The ideal scenario appears to be splitting the midlevel exception between two players (preferably a third big man and a 3-and-D wing), signing another player with the biannual exception (a replacement point guard), and then filling out the rest of the roster with minimum guys.