On Monday, the Clippers introduced their latest lottery pick (Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu), along with another draftee (Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe).
They wore suits, were upbeat about getting picked and smiled for photo-ops.
But beyond them hovered enormous question marks, the largest of which: Who will coach this team?
The (likely) answer: current Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey or former Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro.
Casey interviewed with the Clippers on Monday not long before the first-round picks -- Aminu, an athletic 6-foot-9 forward, and Bledsoe, a bullish 6-1 guard -- were presented to the media at the team's headquarters in Playa Vista.
Del Negro's interview is scheduled for Tuesday, and a final decision on the new Clippers coach could come Wednesday.
Aside from the coaching issue, there's also free agency, which starts Wednesday night at 9:01 on the West Coast.
Clippers President Andy Roeser said, "We'll be active," while General Manager Neil Olshey said he felt they didn't need to clear roster space to make multiple offers, which is all the rage these days with big names such as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the table.
"You can put up our roster with any team competing for free agents," Olshey said.
The roster looks much better after this draft, where they took Aminu eighth overall, got Bledsoe (18th overall) in a trade with Oklahoma City and also drafted Oklahoma guard Willie Warren in the second round.
Aminu should combine with forward Blake Griffin to provide one of the league's most athletic frontcourts, should each stay healthy.
"It'll be a great combo," Aminu said. "I kind of had that combo my first year at Wake Forest with James Johnson. It was fun to play with. I can see the same thing happening here."
Bledsoe should give them an athletic guard who can keep up, offensively and defensively, with the NBA's young squadron of breakneck point guards, such as Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Minnesota's Jonny Flynn, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and so on.
Warren proved to be a dynamic scoring guard his freshman season at Oklahoma, where he played with Griffin, but he dropped off the map his sophomore season with Griffin gone. The Clippers hope the reunification of the two will bring out Warren's best.