Los Angeles Clippers Sign Odom, Billups and Crawford, What’s Next?

July 7th, 2012 by D'Asher Chance Leave a reply »
For the second straight summer, the Los Angeles Clippers seem to be making the right moves to improve their team and stay relevant in the conversation for potential Western Conference champions.

There are two reasons why this is big news.

The first is that people are used to only talking about the Clippers in terms of lottery picks and being near the bottom of the standings. Second, the Clippers are making aggressive and necessary moves, all while not having a general manager on staff.

Last year's GM and vice president of basketball operations, Neil Olshey, decided in early June to accept a position as the Portland Trailblazers general manager. Olshey is given credit for putting together last year's team that brought Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler to the Clippers. The team finished 40-26 and made it to the second round of the playoffs.

So far this summer, the Clippers have been just as progressive as last, seeming to correctly sign quality players where there are immediate needs.

They have re-signed Billups, who is a former NBA Finals MVP and served last season as the confident backbone behind ...

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