A week in the life of the ever-changing Clippers

By Dain Blanton

February 22, 2010

     What a difference a week makes. The entire team has been shuffled around and when the dust settles it doesn’t look all that bad. And now the Clippers are in position to present a max offer and play the Lebron James sweepstakes come this summer.

Monday 2/15
     Fly to Portland on Monday and that night at a team/sponsored dinner, talk about a Marcus Camby trade is circulating and Marcus ends up walking out of the dinner.

Tuesday 2/16
     With the bus about to leave the hotel, I run to grab a quick coffee at Starbucks, worried I might be rolling the dice. But when I get in line, Baron Davis is right in front of me so we chat and I have no worries of missing the bus now because there is no way it’s leaving without Baron.
Arrive at the Rose Garden for morning shoot-around and there is a strange feeling with the trade deadline about 50 hours away. No one knows what is going to happen or where they might end up. Nobody is safe.
Right in the middle of shoot-around, the Marcus Camby for Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw trade with Portland goes through and not long after I see Coach Hughes chatting with Ricky Davis. Then I watch him grab his belongings off the bench and he is gone just like that. Since the Clippers got two players for Marcus Camby they are over the 15-roster limit and someone must go and Ricky becomes odd man out. You realize how quickly it is a business. Going through walkthrough for a game one minute, then the next minute, you