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Clippers Need that Extra Swaggy P
The Clippers enter this offseason with five free agents. All have been key contributors to this seasons incredible rise. The decisions of general manager Neil Olshey will be on full display come July as he will need to convince "The Donald" to open his wallet and re-sign key contributors in order to put the best product on the court.
There are five key players facing uncertainty come the end of June as they are set to enter free agency: Nick Young, Randy Foye, Chauncey Billups (rehabbing torn Achilles), Kenyon Martin, Reggie Evans.
So who are they to keep and who are they to let roam?
Nick Young: Not only did he waive his Bird Rights and approve a move to his hometown Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline, he was a key contributor for a team that desperately lacked consistent perimeter scoring. He keyed the NBA Classic 27-point comeback in Game One versus the Memphis Grizzlies, nailing three straight long distance treys down the stretch. He is the No. 1 key free agent re-sign the Clippers need.
Kenyon Martin: Not only was his defense the main reason the Clippers were able to match the intensity of the Memphis Grizzlies, he played the offensive glass perfectly and came up with key offensive possessions for the Clippers when they so desperately required a shot in the arm.
Chauncey Billups: Even is he is a mere shell of himself coming off of surgery to repair his torn Achilles, his veteran, championship pedigree and experience is invaluable to this young and hungry Clippers squad. His off-court presence is almost as important as his ability to labor through 20-25 minutes for the next few seasons.
Let God Decide:
Reggie Evans: He quickly became a fan favorite with his unmatched effort and defensive enthusiasm. His knack for the key rebounds down the stretch allowed for the Clippers to match the intensity level of their opponents. In limited minutes in the first round of the playoffs, Reggie put up nine rebounds per game, leading the team. He willed this team to many victories, and his desire to return will depend solely upon his monetary demands.
Let Roam Free:
Randy Foye: It'll be a painful split, however, in order to re-sign Foye, the Clipper will have to again sacrifice their ability to match their opponents height, always undersized at the two guard. With Mo Williams still under contract for next season, expect Foye to be allowed to explore his options. That is unless they decide his future presence is more valuable than that of Chauncey.