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Clippers not likely to get Ray Allen, won’t risk long term for short

Mar 12, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

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It’s pretty easy to picture the Clippers as a serious threat to the Thunder in the West if they added Ray Allen — the Celtics sharp shooter who takes on the Clippers Monday night.

The Clippers have struggled with production from the two guard spot since Chauncey Billups went down with an Achilles tendon injury. Allen would be the perfect fit — a veteran, championship presence in the locker room and a deadly outside shooter who would love the assists from Chris Paul and could balance out the inside game of Blake Griffin.

But the Clippers are not making the move, reports Ramona Shelburne at ESPNLosAngeles.com. The price is too high — the Clippers think they have a contender for years to come and will not risk that to win this year with someone like Allen who is a free agent at the end of this year.

“We’re willing to do anything we can to move needle this year,” (Clippers GM Neil) Olshey said. “But unless it’s piece for the future that also gives us to win a championship this year, we’re not going to give up our long-term flexibility and assets to do that.”

The price for the top shooting guards being mentioned in trade talks this spring — Boston’s Ray Allen, Portland’s Jamal Crawford and Washington’s Nick Young — has so far been too high for the Clippers. Most teams have asked for some combination of young point guard Eric Bledsoe, a future first-round pick and the expiring contracts of Randy Foye or Brian Cook.

Here’s why that is too high a price — both Crawford and Allen will be free agents this summer (Crawford can opt out and has said he will, Allen’s deal ends). You can go after both of them this summer as free agents. Why give up pieces now — and in Bledsoe a good piece — for a rental you can lose.

Olshey has it right — it is not about winning this season at all costs for the Clippers. This is a team built to contend for five years (if they can re-sign Paul), you think big picture and long term, not just right now.

  1. loungefly74 - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Billups is a baller. without him, i see the Lakers beating the Clippers in the playoffs IF they meet up…

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      the entire series would be played on one court… would that be an NBA playoffs first?

      • loungefly74 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        yeah..and with the Lakers having a great home record, i would think that would be a good series match up for them.

  2. Joe Munley - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    This is why the entire vibe around the Clippers has changed for the better… they’re making smart decisions.

    • bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Glad to see them making smart decisions and not giving an old team like the Celtics anything of value. Celtics will be one and done.

  3. oside760 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    this is what i’ve been sayin all along. the clippers are still building. they’re not all in to win it right now. i thought they might be until billups went down but i always figured that it would take at least another year before the league takes the clippers serious. blake needs to improve his game badly as well

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