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The Donald Sterling silliness aside, Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have enjoyed a rather productive offseason thus far. Since essentially promoting himself to team president, Rivers has locked in Jamal Crawford's salary for next season and reached agreements with Jordan Farmar and Spencer Hawes to below-market deals.
Granted, none of those moves is going to change the league's landscape in any meaningful way on its own. The Clips weren't about to cut Crawford's contract after the Sixth Man of the Year campaign that he put together on their behalf. Crawford was always going to be retained, either for his own services or as a trade chip to be dealt elsewhere.
L.A. will pay slightly more for Farmar (two years, $4.2 million per The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner) than it did for Darren Collison, though Farmar is arguably an upgrade over his former UCLA teammate.
And, well, Farmar's new contract is considerably cheaper than the three-year, $16 million cap-killer to which the Sacramento Kings signed Collison.
As for Hawes, the fact that Rivers was able to strike a deal with a 7-footer with three-point range to the mid-level exception in the prime of his career speaks volumes as to where the Clippers currently stand in the collective conscience of free agents and the role that Rivers has played in that transformation.
"Even taking a little less money, this opportunity was too exciting to pass up," Hawes told Wojnarowski:
I've had a taste of the playoffs before, but being a part of this team will be just incredible. You get to a point where you really realize what's important, and I was thinking: 'What would my 12-year-old self have done? What would he prioritize?' It was this opportunity and what they're building with the Clippers.
All Rivers needs to do now is find a way to bring Paul Pierce, his old protege, to L.A., and he'll have had about as perfect a summer as he could've wanted.