What's Next for the LA Clippers?

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What's Next for the LA Clippers?
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

The Los Angeles Clippers' season didn't start out as a total mess, but it sure ended up that way.

The Memphis Grizzlies mauled the Clips for four straight playoff games, bringing about an abrupt, uninspiring conclusion to a campaign that featured plenty of positives early on.

Chris Paul and Co. enjoyed an undefeated December, the ascension to alpha-dog status in L.A. and more highlight-reel lobs than ever in 2012-13. But old issues reared their heads and new ones developed as the Clippers devolved into leaderless dysfunction.

Vinny Del Negro's shaky head-coaching performance wasn't new, but the reported infighting between Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan was. Plus, the franchise actually took a step backward by bowing out in the first round of the playoffs, despite winning more regular season games than ever before.

Things couldn't have fallen apart at a worse time, either, as Paul will head into unrestricted free agency this summer with some justifiable doubts about returning to L.A.

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