Doc Rivers says Clippers' stars 'deserve chance to win,' should stay put

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The Clippers may be set for drastic changes to their roster this offseason. Doc Rivers, who serves jointly as coach and general manager, hopes that is not the case.

Despite losing in the first round of this year's Western Conference playoffs to the Jazz, adding to the franchise's misery in the postseason, Rivers hopes his Big Three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan return next season.

"I don't know. I think they deserve a chance to win," Rivers said Wednesday. "They have built this legacy. I do believe that, whether that's what we decide to do that or not. There's a big part of me that believes (in them). These guys are responsible for the birth of our franchise in a lot of ways. They consider themselves Clippers.

"I would love them to shepherd that through. Whether that happens or not, it's too early to make all those decisions or they'll make them for us. But I do have a strong belief in that."

While Griffin and Paul have been great players that have risen a struggling franchise out of the cellar and into relevancy in the NBA, they have not been able to get the Clippers over the hump.

The Clippers have yet to make the Western Conference finals, and both Paul and Griffin are set to become free agents this offseason.

It's possible the organization will decide to rebuild with a new crop of younger stars.

"We need length," Rivers said. "We need more length and two-way players. Again, that's easy to say. Little harder to do with the way our contracts are. We may continue to do what we've done or we may decide to change our contracts and have more flexibility."

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