The Great Clippers Exodus

Andre Miller, Elton Brand, Michael Olowokandi and Corey Maggette are on the verge of escaping from L.A. Will the Clippers let them out?

Updated: July 15, 2003, 9:11 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Two weeks ago, we wrote that Clippers owner Donald Sterling would be the real power broker this summer. With five prominent free agents up for bid, four of them restricted, the rest of the league huddled in war rooms wondering the same things -- will the Clips match?

For the past two weeks, the Clippers have told every NBA team flirting with Elton Brand, Corey Maggette or Lamar Odom that they will, indeed, match any offer. They've also been beating the war drums of late that they'll hold onto Andre Miller, even with young point guards Marko Jaric and Keyon Dooling in place. And as for Michael Olowokandi, the team's only unrestricted free agent, they may hold the cards to his future as well -- via sign-and-trade.

Now, with the signing period just two days away, several owners are ready to call Sterling's bluff.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer