Clips built for long-term success?

Who L.A. should re-sign, trade or let go, and what they should be paid

Originally Published: February 8, 2013
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider
DeAndre Jordan, Blake GriffinNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesDeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are tied up, but the Clippers have many impending free agents.

Despite being losers of seven of their past 10 games, the Los Angeles Clippers are unequivocally in the midst of the best season in franchise history. Of course, much of that losing has to do with injuries to key backcourt players such as Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups.

At 35-16, they hold a four-game lead in the Pacific Division, on pace to win their first division title in franchise history (including their time in San Diego and Buffalo, for you history buffs).

They have the best point guard in the game and a strong MVP candidate in Paul, one of the brightest young frontcourt players in the game in Blake Griffin, and one of the most explosive bench scorers in the league in Crawford. Statistically, they rank in the top five of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency and point differential. They are deep enough, tough enough and talented enough to win the title this season.

But that's this season. How does the Clippers' future measure up? Here's a look at what potentially lies ahead.