By Julianne Collie,
And so another season has ended with a sigh of disappointment for the Los Angeles Clippers. Only this time, the team was coming off their best regular season record in franchise history, making the sting only that much more painful. After going 56-26 in the regular season, and picking up a legitimate rival in Los Angeles along the way, the Clippers still could not manage to make it out of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. If the Clippers want to be seen as a championship contender in the near future, a few issues must be addressed in the off-season first.
The Clippers entire 2013-2014 season is contingent upon Chris Paul’s return to the team. Their sudden downfall could not have come at a worse time, as Paul will be a free agent this summer. The Clippers completely fell apart for four straight playoff games against the Memphis Grizzlies, giving Paul plenty of reason to take his talents elsewhere. Chris Paul is the Clippers most valuable asset; as such, they will almost certainly max out his salary, as they should. Re-signing Paul will be the Clippers number one priority moving forward; without him, the team will undoubtedly regress back to the disappointing team they once were.