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Los Angeles Clippers 2011 Draft Preview
By John McMullen, NBA Editor

The Clippers turned into a threat on the basketball floor last season thanks in large part to the acquisition of superstar point guard Chris Paul.

That doesn't mean mercurial owner Donald Sterling has cleaned up things in his front office, however. Originally general manger Neil Olshey agreed in principle to a new contract with the Clips before he made an about face and fled to Portland.

With the draft set for Thursday the Clippers still haven't named Olshey's replacement with Tony DiLeo, the vice president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, among the latest to have spoken with team president Andy Roeser about the gig.

Kiki Vandeweghe, David Griffin, Mark Warkentien, Jeff Weltman, John Nash, Scott Perry and Gary Sacks are also reportedly in the mix.

Since the Clippers don't have a choice until the 53rd overall selection, they seem in no hurry to ink a new architect.

Players under contract: G: Eric Bledsoe; G: Travis Leslie; G: Chris Paul; F: Caron Butler; F: Ryan Gomes; F: Blake Griffin; F: Trey Thompkins; C: DeAndre Jordan

Free agents: G: Chauncey Billups; F: Reggie Evans; G: Randy Foye; F: Kenyon Martin; F: Bobby Simmons; G: Mo Williams (unrestricted, player option); G: Nick Young

Recent Draft History 2011: Trey Thompkins (37), Travis Leslie (47) 2010: Al-Farouq Aminu (8), Willie Warren (54) 2009: Blake Griffin (1) 2008: Eric Gordon (7), DeAndre Jordan (35) 2007: Al Thornton (14), Jared Jordan (45)

Draft picks: 2nd round (53rd overall)

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