5 Clippers who definitely won't be back next season

A few players on the roster are near guarantees to not be back in LA this fall.
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P.J. Tucker

When the Clippers made their trade for James Harden, they got back some residual pieces in the deal as well. One of which was P.J. Tucker. Of course, he was just the throw-in to get the deal done, but there were some legitimate reasons to believe the grizzled vet could actually give this team a real boost.

The second-oldest player in the league this season, Tucker brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Clippers' locker room. A polished and proven playoff player, P.J. seemed ready to provide leadership to LA's young players and make an impact in whatever on-court role he found himself in.

But Tucker did not exactly end up contributing in the way he initially envisioned. After his first month as a Clipper in November, he did not play for nearly three entire months until the final week of February. P.J. was thoroughly frustrated with the organization and how his talent was being utilized, even voicing his concerns publicly at one point.

It is no secret that Tucker is not who he once was, and is likely nearing the end of his professional career. He may not be on an NBA roster at all next season, but even if he is, it is unlikely to be the Clippers'.