The Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers are on the cusp of being legitimate NBA Championship contenders.
The Pacers reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season, but were once again taken out by the Miami Heat, this time in six games rather than seven.
The Clippers showed improvement in 2014, earning the third seed in the Western Conference and defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games in the first round before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the second round.
Both teams could be just a player away, but Moke Hamilton doesn’t expect either team to make a big move.
Hey there Adobo. I think any and every team that is on the fence or that feels that it may be one of two pieces away from a championship will look to improve in some way. I think all of the teams that you mention feel that way, especially the Pacers. I wouldn’t expect any dramatic changes unless it would result in a clear upgrade. I do expect the Rockets and perhaps Clippers to be in on Carmelo Anthony, but aside from that, I don’t think any rosters are getting blown up.
The Pacers are going to have some work to do in the offseason because guard Lance Stepehenson is a restricted free agent. Guard Evan Turn is also set to enter restricted free agency.
The Clippers made their big splash last season, bringing in Doc Rivers and J.J. Redick. Darren Collison, Glen Davis and Danny Granger all hold player options this offseason.