Doc Rivers moving to the Los Angeles Clippers doesn’t put them any further into the playoffs than the first round even if the NBA commissioner David Stern would have let the trade include Kevin Garnett. The acquisition of Coach Rivers will undoubtedly get Chris Paul to sign the estimated $107 million, five-year contract with the Clippers over the summer. However, there’s still work to be done for Rivers and the Clippers management team.
As witnessed during the 2013 Clippers playoff appearance, Chris Paul needs help offensively. Paul is one of the few Clippers player that can create his own shot. When he’s out of the game or the ball not in his hands, the remaining players often settle for jump shot attempts without being assisted in the paint and set-up going to the basket by Paul.
From the looks of it, the Clippers are shopping DeAndre Jordan, a very good young athletic 6’11” center with a lot of potential. He could help a lot of teams and even become a star in the right line-up and with a good coaching staff.
It will be interesting to see the other moves that the Clippers make in the offseason and if Jordan is with them next season. But for now, even with Doc Rivers, the Clippers are no deeper in the playoffs than before.