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Barnes' "I'm about to get paid" face.
Unrestricted Free Agents
We've been over this already; Paul is L.A.'s top priority this summer and he'll command (and more than deserve) a max deal.
As for the likelihood that he'll even want to come back, well...let's just say he's at least going to mull over his options:
Odom made $8 million this past season, but if he returns to the Clippers, he'll have to take far less than that. Obviously a fan of being close to his famous in-laws (and the attention that proximity generates), Odom might very well accept a discount to stay in SoCal.
Of course, he might also find that his services are no longer desirable. That tends to happen when you average four points and 5.9 rebounds on 39 percent shooting.
Billups is little more than a locker-room presence and a glorified assistant coach at this stage of his career. He barely shot 40 percent on the season and managed to play in only 22 games.
He's a great winner who commands a lot of respect around the league. But he's not a particularly useful player anymore, so the Clippers are likely to seek out a younger, more athletic replacement.
Hustle is great and all, but Turiaf's maddening habit of kicking out offensive rebounds, even when he's wide open under the hoop basically nullifies his only statistical worth. He's been on five teams over the past four seasons for a reason: he's expendable.
If not for Del Negro's inexplicable late-season rotation experiment that paired Hollins with Turiaf in the frontcourt, the third-string big man might never have made any headlines.
Plus, when the guy who plays ahead of you just earned the "expendable" label, it doesn't exactly bode well.
Hollins is big, fairly active and willing to commit a foul, so he's got some use. But at anything more than the veteran's minimum, he's not worth it.
Barnes went out with a bang, tallying 30 points and 10 boards in the Clippers' final postseason game. His attitude and edge make him a great role player on a team that needs a wild card.
Plus, he can defend any wing player and knock down threes at a respectable (34 percent this past season) rate.
He'll command a lot of attention on the open market as teams continue to figure out that there's immense value in a player like Barnes. If the Clippers are smart, they'll bring him back.
But they might have to shell out at least $5 million per year over a three-year deal to do it.