Paul Pierce took part in his final NBA game last night as the Los Angeles Clippers fell the Utah Jazz 104-91. While the future hall of famer was not a critical part of this Los Angeles team, the Staples Center applauded him as time expired.
THANKU TO ALL MY NBA BROTHERS AND SISTERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE GAME A GAME IVE LOVED MY WHOLE LIFE BUT NOW TEADY FOR A NEW CHAPTER STAY TUNED
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) May 1, 2017
Pierce may not be the only player that is leaving Los Angeles for good. This year was a make or break year for the Clippers.
They have a had a surplus of talent in years past but could never put it all together and make a run for a championship. The past four years they have dropped a series despite holding a lead. The same remained true this year as they fell to the Jazz after holding a lead earlier in the series.
Both Chris Paul’s and Blake Griffin’s contract will expire this year and it appears that they will elect to opt-out of a future contract. Many speculate that Paul could end up on New Orleans with Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins. Some think that New York or Boston could be a potential landing spot for Griffin. While this process is still in the early stages, it is likely that these two will part ways with the Clippers.
When looking at the Clippers on paper, they look like a championship team. A strong front court presence in Griffin and DeAndre Jordan along with one of the best point guards to ever play the game in Paul makes this team very scary. But for some reason, the chemistry never clicked. This team had success in the regular season, but could never breakthrough in the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Clippers may be remembered as one of the best that never was. Regardless of what does happen, it is likely that this Clippers team will look very different for the 2017-2018 NBA season.