The Clippers are scheduled to meet with free-agency’s top prize on the first full day of free agency (Friday) in New York, sending Coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer to try and pitch the former MVP. While all options will be discussed, the Clippers are expected to highlight a scenario in which Durant would sign a deal to play alongside Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. To make the most competitive offer possible, the Clippers would have to trade J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and C.J. Wilcox and renounce the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and all of their own free agents. The Clippers could also discuss scenarios in which they trade one member of their “Big Three,” either to a team with cap space or to the Thunder in a sign-and-trade. While they’re viewed as long shots to land Durant, who would be the biggest free-agent acquisition in team history, the team could also use the meeting to lay groundwork for next summer. Durant, in the scenario netting him the most cash, could sign a short-term max-money deal and hit free agency again next summer when the salary cap jumps again. Durant and the Clippers do share a mutual interest in one another, hence the meeting. If the Clippers are unable to get Durant to agree to join the team, a move that would then trigger a flurry of other moves, they’ll turn their attention to their other top priority — re-signing their own free agents.With most of their salary cap — more than $70 million of it — going to Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Redick — the Clippers hope to keep their top three free agents — Jeff Green, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. The Clippers have “Bird rights” for all three, enabling them to go over the salary cap to re-sign those players.The team also has interest in re-signing reserves Cole Aldrich and Wesley Johnson, though the fear is both players will be out of the Clippers’ price range once they hit the market. The Clippers will still meet with Aldrich, though. And just because the Clippers have the ability to pay Green, Crawford and Rivers, there are no guarantees they’re able to secure all three. The Knicks, Nets, Magic, Raptors, Mavericks and Heat could all pursue Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Rivers, fresh off a strong performance in the postseason, is expected to get a healthy raise from the $3 million or so he made a year ago, and he could walk if an opportunity to start arises. Green, who the Clippers traded a protected first-round pick to acquire last season, should have the inside track for the team’s starting small forward position should he return. If the Clippers go over the cap re-signing their own players, the team could use one of its cap exceptions to try and keep Aldrich, Johnson or Luc Mbah a Moute. Those exceptions, the non-taxpayer mid-level and the bi-annual, could be needed to fill out the rotation. Players like guards (and former Lakers) Ronnie Price, Ramon Sessions and Wayne Ellington, forwards Gerald Green, Darrell Arthur, Jason Thompson, Solomon Hill and Mirza Teletovic and center Zaza Pachulia could end up in the Clippers’ sights depending on how things shake out with the market. But that’s the biggest X-factor in everything – the market. Players who used to command $5 million might get more than double. Guys who would normally want five-year max deals might only want to sign one-year deals with player options. Maybe the Clippers land another star. Maybe they re-do last season by only making minor changes. Maybe their bargain hunting pays off. And if they can’t do any of that, they’ll come out looking and sounding worse than Austin Rivers did on the final night of the 2016 season — bruised, battered and disappointed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Austin Rivers probably never looked worse.His left eye was closed, purple swollen flesh surrounding it. His eyebrow was held together by 11 stitches, and his voice filled with disappointment. That was the last week in May.Now, the eye’s healed, the disappointment has been put in the rearview and Rivers, like so many other NBA players, is about to take part in the NBA’s free-agency gold rush. The money won’t make sense by old standards, no one is quite sure what a rotation player is “worth” and the free-agent class isn’t deep enough to match all of the newfound spending cash.It’s going to be wild.Beginning Thursday at 9:01 p.m. PDT, teams can formally speak to free agents about procuring their services, and for the Clippers, despite all the uncertainties, the plan is fairly obvious. It starts with mega-free agent Kevin Durant. From there, it moves to re-signing their own free agents, and lastly, it ends with the Clippers filling in the gaps once the market settles. Durant will be dealt with first.