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The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Clippers have come off their best season during the 22 years they have been located in Los Angeles. Although the Clippers 2005-06 season finished in disappointing fashion, the organization feels better about their upcoming season. Starting with the offseason, the Clippers team drafted center Paul Davis from Michigan State University in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, as the 34th overall pick. The Clippers pick was acquired by the Clippers by way of a 2004 trade with the Charlotte Bobcats for center/forward Melvin Ely. The team also drafted guard Guillermo Diaz from the University of Miami as the 52nd overall pick. As of this writing, Davis signed with the team in July, while Diaz is yet to be signed. Mostly because of the depth at the point guard position with Cassell, Livingston, and Ewing, Diaz may not be signed to the Clippers roster and could be assigned to the team's new NBA Development League affiliate, the Anaheim Arsenal. The Clippers did not have a pick in the 2006 Draft's first round.
Meanwhile in free agency, on July 13, 2006, the Clippers scored a major coup, by signing forward Tim Thomas away from divisional rival Phoenix, in a four-year, $24 million deal. That was to counter the deflection of Clippers forward Vladimir Radmanovic to the crosstown Lakers in a somewhat similar deal to what Thomas got from the Clippers, except Radmanovic signed for an extra year, but both players would make the same amount of money annually, which would be $6 million.
Also on July 13th, guard Sam Cassell (whom many say was the biggest reason for the Clippers' recent sucess) signed a two-year deal for $13 million dollars. Cassell stated in recent interviews that once he retires, which would be likely after this contract runs out, he would like to join the Clippers coaching staff under Mike Dunleavy, Sr. Also, on August 1st, the Clippers team signed veteran forward/center Aaron Williams (previously with the New Orleans City Hornets) to an undisclosed deal. Williams played for Dunleavy with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1994-95 season.