Putting an End To the Camby Trade Madness

December 28th, 2009 by Jose Salviati Leave a reply »
Should I stay or should I go?  The Clash's 1981 hit is the Clippers' 2009 predicament.

Having travelled down a long and lonely road for years, decades, the Clippers find themselves at a fork.  To the right is a road out of perennial has-been status towards the NBA elite.  To the left is a road that U-turns the franchise back to where it came from.

The decision on which road to take isn't based on a single decision but on a lot of little ones.  Like most forks in the road, it won't be clear which direction the Clippers went until they are well on their way down the path their decisions led them.

The Clippers have been here before and always seemed to pick the U-turn.  Not just poor drafts but embarrassingly poor drafts combined with no activity in the free agent market from a team in a very desirable location always ensured the team would remain running in circles.

Things seemed to change in 2005 when the club actually signed a free agent.  The five-year, $42 million dollar deal for Cuttino Mobley was an eye opener and the first sign that the franchise was ready to change its fortunes.

A great 2006 season, above average draft ...

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