Clippers are still long shots

Despite spending the right amount of money on the right players, the Clippers won't be locks to make the playoffs.

Updated: July 21, 2003, 11:06 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider

The Los Angeles Clippers have always been a day late and a dollar short.

But having already matched the Miami Heat's offer of $82 million over six years for Elton Brand and showing signs that they will do the same for Corey Maggette (six years at $42 million) and sign Lamar Odom (believed to be about $60 million over six years) while actively pursuing point guard Gilbert Arenas at another $60 million over six years as the free agent's favorite, according to the Orange County Register, they may end up being only a day late.