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Bobby Marks breaks down the Clippers

The Vertical's Bobby Marks sets the Clippers' summer agenda. What does he suggest the team do this offseason?

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"Starting over would set the Clippers way back if the proper plan is not in place," argues Bobby Marks of the Vertical. Instead, the Clippers should resist the "blow-it-up" temptation and stick with their core four of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.

But, after those four, it starts to get tricky: he suggests that the Clippers should use their Bird Rights advantage to resign Jamal Crawford and Jeff Green. They must, however, do so without overpaying in a way that will limit their ability to resign Griffin and Paul next summer or replace them with other free agents.

The true existential crisis of this Clippers organization is their struggle to put together a solid bench while also paying three max-contracts. The Clippers will have a couple reserves that they would like to bring back but they will have to do so with some creative accounting (mostly one year minimum deals).

The Clippers can relieve some of this pressure by drafting well with their two top-33 picks, says Marks.

Finally, Marks also calls for the Clippers to invest in their own D-League franchise, something the Clippers have been looking at recently.