Steps Clippers must take to advance to conference finals in future
The Clippers were one win away from the Western Conference Finals but lost three closeout games to the Rockets to end their season. What must the Clippers need to do in order to get past that second-round playoff hurdle and make franchise history by advancing to the conference finals in 2015-16? -- Jill Painter Lopez
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Sign DeAndre Jordan to a max contract
DeAndre Jordan is a free agent, and the Clippers must do everything they can to convince him to stay in L.A. and sign a max contract with them. He's played for the Clippers for seven years and has loved his time here but he also has said it will be 'fun' to test free agency. He had his best year of his career and was a double double machine and game-changer on defense.
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Improve the bench through free agency
This goes without saying ... the bench was an inconsistent group all season. The Clippers must improve through free agency with precious little salary cap room, so Doc Rivers, also the president of basketball operations, is going to have to work some magic here. Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Glen 'Big Baby' Davis produces, but they need help.
Hire sports psychologist to move past Game 6
This is no joke. Purge all those bad thoughts from that Game 6 debacle at home against Houston, in which the Clippers squandered a late 19-point lead in the third quarter and eventually lost. They dropped three closeouts games after being on the verge of making franchise history. Some of the best athletes in the world use sports psychologists. Better to deal with it and move on than let the playoff collapse define this Clippers era.
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New logo would do just the trick for new image
The Clippers are reportedly making a new Clippers logo for next season. Ushering in a new era with a new image under new, and highly-energetic, owner Steve Ballmer would do wonders in marketing the team locally and globally, too. Change, usually, is a good thing.
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Help Spencer Hawes regain his confidence
The Clippers must hope 2014-15 was a fluke for Hawes and help him work through his season-long slump. In the first year of his four-year, $23 million deal, Hawes' shot was off and he found an almost permanent seat on the bench. Through his struggles, he worked hard, and the Clippers need to help him continue to do that so that he can put an asterisk by this season.