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Clippings: It’s time to set some offseason priorities

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Who should the Clippers hold on to for next season?

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The Clippers have several important decisions to make this offseason. On some of them, the team’s hand will be forced, as players who are free agents will have the opportunity to sign wherever they please. But the Clippers also need to be proactive about reshaping their current roster and maybe trading some existing players, because this group wasn’t good enough. No one is above blame.

The good folks at Clutch Points put together a graphic asking which Clippers the franchise should keep this offseason, including Paul George, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Ivica Zubac, Lou Williams, and Doc Rivers. It would seem that George would be the most important individual within that group — in the NBA, the best talent tends to win.

However, a Clipper legend, the great Ralph Lawler, had a different idea, tweeting that Rivers was the top priority.

Admittedly, George didn’t have a sterling postseason, though some of that can be attributed to the mental strain of being in the bubble. Williams and Harrell didn’t have the same dynamism as they did during the regular season, and Beverley wasn’t available for half of the playoffs. Zubac was great within his role, but his role has limits.

But Rivers arguably struggled more than any of those players, consistently failing to put the Clippers in the best position to succeed and unable to coax a better effort out of his team.

For all the criticism that has been levied at Rivers, the fact remains that he has a lot of fans both within the organization and around the league. A bad playoff series isn’t going to jeopardize his tenure with the Clippers, at least not for the upcoming season. Lawler’s opinion is shared by many, even if fans aren’t too happy with the head coach’s performance during this postseason.

If I were choosing among those six, Rivers would probably come in third. We’ll see how many of those individuals the Clippers do end up prioritizing as part of the team’s future.

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