NBA Free Agency 2011: 5 Free Agent Centers to Pair with Blake Griffin

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NBA Free Agency 2011: 5 Free Agent Centers to Pair with Blake Griffin
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The Los Angeles Clippers' bright future lies in the hands of two effulgent youngsters, Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, but the killer G's can't do it alone. 

LA's front office, led by Neil Olshey, is trying to craft a contender, and one of the current question marks is the position of center.

After an All-Star campaign in 2009-10, Chris Kaman appeared to be the answer. However, due to injuries, defensive deficiencies, incompatibility with Blake, the emergence of DeAndre Jordan, and contract status, it is now clear that Kaman does not figure into the Clips' future. 

Kaman has a $12 million contract that expires after next season, so he is definitely tradeable in the near future. It remains to be seen how much the Clippers can get for him, and whether they will be able to trade him this summer, but the franchise should not worry too much about the Kaman situation as it proceeds with offseason acquisitions. 

There are actually a lot of decent centers available, but you're not going to build a contender from the Sam Dalemberts and Joel Przybillas of the world.

The Clippers should not settle for guys that make announcers say, "He'll work hard for you, battle underneath, and won't back down from anybody."

They don't need someone who's "got six fouls and isn't afraid to use them."

Instead, the Clips should focus on the several game-changing centers on the market, and with boatloads of cap space (pending a new CBA), they should be able to obtain one.

Here are the players the Clippers should target in order to create a formidable frontcourt alongside Blake.

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