The 2013-2014 version of the Los Angeles Clippers are on a mission that they expect will result in the franchise’s first appearance in the NBA Finals and a shot at the Larry O’Brien Trophy. This is not your father’s Clippers. No longer just the “Other Team In Los Angeles,” the squad has spent the first few days of the off-season getting prepared for what they hope will be a magical campaign. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, that the Clippers spent the day in a proactive mode, as they completed a three team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, sending two players to a new home, while bringing two new faces to the roster.
Talented, young, back-up point guard Eric Bledsoe and veteran forward Caron Butler will try to help the Suns rebuild their franchise. Los Angeles will get forward Jared Dudley from Phoenix and shooting guard J.J. Redick in a sign and trade deal with the Bucks. The former Orlando Magic guard got a reported four-year pact estimated to be valued at $27 million.
With a deal worked out with All-Star point guard Chris Paul, Bledsoe was no longer needed as an insurance policy in case CP-3 had wanted to sign elsewhere. The Clippers impressed the free agent with the hiring of former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers to be the club’s bench boss and Vice President Of Basketball Operations. Rivers took the Celtics to the Finals twice in his stint in Boston, winning the Championship in 2008, while losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.