Everybody knows how good Baron Davis can be, but everybody also knows how abysmal he can be when he doesn't care — which is clearly the case this season.
He didn't start his offseason conditioning program until August — something new coach Vinny Del Negro wasn't too psyched about. To make matters worse, Davis is out of the lineup with a knee injury, and his understudy, rookie Eric Bledsoe, has looked NBA-ready despite being just 20 years old. On Friday in Denver, Bledsoe scored 12 points and handed out 13 assists on over 50 percent shooting.
Of course, finding suitors for Baron's $42 million dollars and three years remaining on his contract will prove quite difficult — if not impossible.
While the Clippers have begun the season 1-5, their future looks relatively encouraging. On top of Bledsoe's play, Eric Gordon has developed as a primary scorer and Blake Griffin has looked totally worthy of a first overall pick. Del Negro did an excellent job developing the young talent in Chicago, and he is poised to repeat that feat in Los Angeles. If they can find a way to move Davis, and potentially Chris Kaman — who has also has struggled despite his salary — the Clips could be in a far better position to make their future their present — something to actually be optimistic about for the other team at the Staples Center.
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