I don't think this season was a failure at all, but more of a success and a step up. Considering that team barely had any practices together at the start of the season. Especially with a complete new team for Chris Paul, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, Reggie Evans, KMart (late acquisition), Nick Young (even more late acquisition). I believe that passing the first round series is a lock into signing Chris Paul in a long term deal now.
Next season will have a completely new look on the bench be and probably the starting SG spot. With Randy Foye, Nick Young, Reggie Evans, Kmart, Chauncey Billups, Mo will probably opt out since he wants to be a started, and Bobby Simmons will all be free agents. Only Clippers left on the bench would be Bled, Gomes, and maybe Trey. Oh, and the team will have a new coach I would assume. Someone with more experience that doesn't draw up simple pick and rolls, and isos (Phil Jackson, Nate Mcmillan, Jerry Sloan, maybe Mike Budhenholzer (Gregg Popovich's right hand man for almost two decades)).
I would like to see Reggie Evans back for his obvious rebounding skills, defense purposes, and he doesn't cost a lot. Randy Foye as a backup SG, and if he's willing to accept a lower deal, but I doubt that. For a starting SG I would want and could get realistically: OJ Mayo for his 3pt shot, and has some decent defense, Kirk Hinrich is still good and adds some defense to the starting line up which we lack, or, CJ Miles is a good defensive play, and drives to the lane, or, Nick Young, but I would imagine he would command a contract around the $4-5mil range. Kmart, Bobby, Foye, and Mo are probably gone.
This is the start of the Chris Paul era, and it's just going to get better.