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Offseason outlook: What's next for the Los Angeles Clippers?

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With the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated from the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors, the focus shifts to the offseason, where the franchise will again look to improve in an increasingly competitive Western Conference.

With a war chest of assets and the potential to sign two max free agents, pending a trade for Danilo Gallinari/renouncing their free agents, the Clippers enter the offseason with a ton of flexibility that could see them become a genuine title contender.

From the team's impending free agents to its ability to be active in free agency, here's what the Clippers can look forward to this summer...

Free Agents

Patrick Beverley PG - UFA

Wilson Chandler PF/SF - UFA

Angel Delgado C - RFA

JaMychal Green PF - UFA

Rodney McGruder SG - RFA

Johnathan Motley F - RFA

Garrett Temple SG - UFA

Ivica Zubac C - RFA

Player/Team Options


UFA = Unrestricted Free Agent, RFA = Restricted Free Agent

Under Contract

Danilo Gallinari, PF - under team control through 2019-20

Lou Williams, G - under team control through 2020-21

Montrezl Harrell, PF - under team control through 2019-20

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG - under team control through 2022-23

Jerome Robinson, SG - under team control through 2022-23

Landry Shamet, SG - under team control through 2022-23

Sindarius Thornwell, SG - under team control through 2019-20

Tyrone Wallace, PG - under team control through 2019-20

Draft Picks

After making the playoffs, the Clippers first round pick goes to the Boston Celtics. They own a second-round pick via the Blazers in the 2019 NBA Draft.

MORE: What future draft picks does each team have?

Take a look back at the Clippers' last five first-round picks:

2018: Miles Bridges (No. 12), (traded for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander)

2018: Jerome Robinson (No. 13)

2016: Brice Johnson (No. 25)

2014: C.J. Wilcox (No. 28)

2013: Reggie Bullock (No. 25)


According to Basketball Insiders and Early Bird Rights, the Clippers have $46.1 million committed to their roster for next season, giving them close to $57.5 million to work with in free agency.

Some of the max-level players who will or are expected to be free agents this summer: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and Khris Middleton.

Biggest offseason storylines

Will the Clippers be able to lure a marquee free agent?

At the top of the list is Southern California native Kawhi Leonard, who headlines the upcoming free agency list with Kevin Durant. While there's no doubt they will pitch for KD's services, trying to pry Leonard away from Toronto seems to be their best bet.

Los Angeles can offer Kawhi warm weather and playing in his hometown, but that is pending a deep playoff run or Finals appearance with Toronto that could put the Raptors in front. Not to mention, the extra year and an extra $50 million they can offer him to stay North and run it back.

Will their backup plans include the likes of Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler or a Khris Middleton?

Can they flip their assets for a potential Anthony Davis trade?

Thanks to the Tobias Harris trade to Philly, the Clippers are stacked with draft picks that they could potentially package with some of their current assets and swing for the fences with AD.

Davis has made it clear he wants to be in LA, but the Clippers have a chance to sweep Davis out from underneath the Lakers, pending their free agency moves.

With two max slots available, they have the potential to create a super team of their own.

How strong is their interest in Kyrie Irving?

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Clippers inquired about a trade for Irving at the deadline, which the Celtics reportedly shot down.

With Irving set to be a free agent, he could well be the biggest domino to fall setting the Clippers to make a series of moves to build around the 27-year-old.

While they love Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the point guard of the future, a deal for Irving in the summer could pave the way for moves for Davis and Leonard.

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