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Baron Davis

Baron Davis is living the Oakland area, making his way to LA’s other NBA team, the Los Angeles Clippers. In a slightly surprising move — it was indicated Davis wanted to stay in Golden State — the notoriously cheap Donald Sterling actually opened his checkbook in an effort to improve the team he owns. The terms, according to numerous reports, are five years for $65 million.

So what does this signing mean for the Clippers? Does it mean LA’s second team is longer the under card to Kobe’s Lakers? If the Clips resign Elton Brand, it very well could. According to the LA Times, we very well could see a Brand/Clippers agreement as early as today.

If/when Brand and the Clippers agree, the team should be well stocked when it comes to talent, especially when you consider their stable of young players (Al Thornton, Deandre Jordan, Eric Gordon) as well as returning players like Chris Kaman and Cuttino Mobley.

However, does the Baron Davis acquisition give the Clippers enough to be a player in the tough-as-nails Western Conference? If everybody returns from their various injuries as expected and Davis doesn’t go on the injury shelf, yes, the Clip joint should be a rocking place when the 2008-09 NBA season tips off in November.