Clippers: Baylor Is Expecting for a Bigger Season
General Manager of the Clippers, Elgin Baylor explained that he expects already bigger things from the Clippers this season.
Last season the team progressive to Game 7 of a Western Conference semi-final series against the Phoenix Suns. For Baylor, the team can do already better this year.
The Clippers had their highest total with 47 victories in the regular season since the franchised team moved to California. They have also recorded a franchise record for road victories already though Corey Maggette did not play for 50 games and backup point guard Shaun Livingston for 21 games while they are two basic players.
For the upcoming season point guard and co-captain Sam Cassell re-signed with the Clippers. The team also managed to attract free-agent forwards Tim Thomas and Aaron Williams to Los Angeles. On the performance aspect the continued development of 7-foot center Chris Kaman is also likely to provide a raise for the Clippers. Last season, Kaman, who is beginning his fourth season in the NBA, had personal-best averages of 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.38 confined shots. He is expected to be a bigger factor on offense this season. The Clippers are also rumored to reach a formal contract extension deal with Kaman’s agent this month. Based on recent contracts signed by centres with comparable statistics, Kaman could receive as much as $10 million to $12 million a season.
This season the Clippers had forecast to have only the 14 players with guaranteed contracts on the season-opening line-up. However they might keep 15 because of injury concerns. Indeed they have to deal with Backup centre Zeljko Rebraca, already sidelined most of last season because of heart and conditioning problems, who has back problems, and with Thomas who also have a sore back. Thomas’ availability is made on a day-to-day basis.