The Clippers coach and president of basketball operations will make the final decision on all things Clippers and is the one who, without mentioning
Collison, who opted out of the contract that would have paid him $1.985 million next season, probably will learn that his representatives were the first people Rivers called when the
"You know our first guy, I'll be honest, is one of our guys that opted out," Rivers said. "He's a little guy. That's very important for us."
It's no secret Rivers wants to upgrade his small forward position and that he has been trying to trade starting small forward Matt Barnes.
James, who opted out his contract with Miami, is expected to re-sign with the
Anthony, who opted out of his contract with New York, is expected to visit other teams, such as Chicago, Houston and the
But the Clippers haven't ruled themselves out of the running for Anthony, according to NBA executives not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Anthony can sign a maximum deal with the
Any chance the Clippers would have at acquiring James or Anthony would have to be through a sign-and-trade agreement.
The Clippers need help in the front court.
They would like to get a "Stretch 4 or 5" to back up power forward
The Clippers will probably look at free-agent small forward
"You look at needs first, unless there's somebody out there that's so talented that they trump all your needs and you go for that," Rivers said. "But most of the time that is too expensive."
Bringing Collison back will cost the Clippers more than the $1.985 million the point guard was due to earn next season.
The Clippers will most likely have to use part or all of their midlevel exception that starts at $5.305 million to re-sign Collison.
The Clippers didn't pick up the option on
Besides the midlevel exception the Clippers can use to try and lure players, they can also use the biannual exception that is a maximum two-year deal for about $4.2 million, acquire a player via sign and trade and use the veteran's minimum.