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Report: Chris Paul says he will not extend with Clippers, Warriors

Dec 8, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

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Chris Paul is in control of his destiny. He will ultimately decide where he will work in the fall of 2012.

Which is apparently bad news for the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Those two teams had been considered frontrunners in the CP3 sweepstakes, but both were hesitant to include their biggest guns in an offer because they wanted a commitment from the All-Star point guard that he would sign an extension with them.

But they are not going to get that, reports David Aldridge at

Chris Paul will not commit to signing a contract extension after this season with either the Golden State Warriors or Los Angeles Clippers if he is traded to either team by the New Orleans Hornets, citing the potential financial hit if he were to do that rather than becoming a free agent and signing a new deal with a new team next summer, according to league sources. That has left potential deals with both teams in limbo….

The Clippers, for example, are very reluctant to include the unprotected first-round pick from Minnesota they currently own in any deal with New Orleans — which is understandably holding out for the maximum amount possible in exchange for its franchise player — under the current scenario.

The Warriors reportedly would not consider adding Stephen Curry into a trade until Paul would give his word to sign an extension. This is what happened with the Celtics, where trade talk of Rajon Rondo for Paul died when Paul said he would not sign an extension. (There are rumors the Celtics are trying to find a three-team deal that interests the Hornets, but that does not help get Paul to sign an extension.)

Where will Paul sign an extension? The Knicks for one, but the Hornets do not want to do a trade with them because New York does not have any trade assets that intrigue New Orleans.

Maybe the Lakers, who also show up on the list of Aldridge and just about everyone else following where Paul might sign. But the Hornets would want Andrew Bynum in any deal and the Lakers may be saving him to try and get Dwight Howard if the Orlando center comes on the market. (Bynum’s agent told the OC Register nobody has called him about a deal.  Pau Gasol is in the mix but do the Hornets really want a 31-year-old big man now? There also are the questions of who else is in the deal (Lamar Odom and Emeka Okafor?) Talks between the Lakers and Hornets are reportedly moving slowly.

Dallas and Houston are knocking on the door but seem to be farther back, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

It may come down to this: What team is willing to trade for Paul and take the risk they can convince him to stay and sign an extension?

Not the Clippers. Not the Warriors. That much we know. So they may be out of the Chris Paul sweepstakes.

  1. anhdazman - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Enjoy your last year somewhere else CP3. At least the Warriors are smart enough not to wager the future to a guy that’s not going to stick around.

  2. trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    So the three teams in the running for a star player are LA Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston. Got it.

    Same old frickin’ NBA.

    • MTArider - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:31 AM

      Oh yeah because the Knicks have been in the running for anything but last place for the last decade. Good call. God forbid top players want to play in the biggest market in our country.

      • trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:35 AM

        Little consolation for fans of small-market teams.

    • topher1215 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      The Knicks will not get CP3 via a trade could see the Lakers or Celtics getting him.

  3. david8726 - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    I really feel bad for Blake Griffin.

    If Blake Griffin played for almost any other franchise, I’d bet that Chris Paul would want to play for that team over just about any other. He’s the perfect guy to catch Chris Paul lob passes for the next decade.

    Unfortunately, Blake plays for a team run by Donald Sterling, and that’s enough to keep any big time player from ever wanting to go there to join forces with him.

    What a shame.

  4. 1historian - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:50 AM

    Lou Brock, these players thank you, although most of them don’t know who you are

    • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      I think you mean Curt Flood

      • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Either way, 1hysterectomy is an idiot.

  5. passerby23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Just don’t know why the Knicks keep popping up in trade rumors. If Chris Paul is being traded, the Knicks do not have the assets to get him. Sure, he’d love to sign an extension with them but he’s not in that position when a trade to the Knicks won’t happen. The Lakers might be the best team in terms of Paul re-signing with the team, but the greatest gamble in terms of return investment. The Celtics can offer the best value, but their future is too uncertain to want to re-sign with them.

  6. jagwar73 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Man it’s hard to watch the NBA. Hard salary caps, franchise tags, contracts that aren’t guaranteed (players stop playing until contract years), and everyone (small markets included) has a chance. Answer: what the NBA needed.

  7. hellinisamoron - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Good thing you were backing the players during this entire process. If you think this is what the NBA should be about, you are a moron…oh wait.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      A player getting free agency? Yeah that’s what the NBA should be about. Unless you’re cool with indentured servants.

  8. cantonbound13 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Just trade him to NY already. You’re just going to lose him in free agency. Get whatever you can.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Lebron played out his contract and signed wherevthe situation was better for him. And he’s a villian. CP3? No problem holding your franchise, and others,, hostage while you create the media firestorm around you and Hornets this year. Anyone in NO going to burn a jersey?

    • electstat - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Hostage? He’s honoring his contract. The horror!

  10. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Let Paul play out his contract and then leave for nothing. He won’t do it. He will need to get the sign-and-trade and don’t EVER give it to him. The Hornets are owned by the NBA, so why should they care if the Hornets get anything in return for Paul?

    I have no problem whatsoever with a player wanting to go to a team of his choice. My problem lies with the owners who will bitch and moan about this, then give the guy his wish and do a sign and trade. I know it is difficult to do, but stand on a freaking principle and say NO to the sign and trade.

    CP3…you want to play for the Knicks or Lackers, then go ahead next year at one less year and about $25 million less dollars. That’s what I would make him aware of…if he gets traded to the Lackers, I will be very disappointed in the NBA.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM

      I probably for the most part agree with you, but for owners it’s not a matter of principle, it’s a matter of not becoming the Cavs.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        But the Cavs did the sign and trade too…and look what they became last year. All that whining that Dan Gilbert did, and yet he did a sign and trade with LeBron anyway to get some late first-round draft picks. I say the hell with that. Don’t do it. Ever. Just like the stupid amnesty clause…why bother? Let the guy sit on the end of your bench for the next few years. He’s going to get paid anyway…why give him the satisfaction of going to play for the team he wants to actually try for instead of playing for your team? I’m mostly with the owners, but it is these types of things that make me want to punch some of them right in the face to wake them up.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

        No they didn’t they let him walk. LeBron took less money to go to Miami.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

        No, they didn’t. They did a sign and trade with the Heat. You not being aware of that makes it all the more crazy that this wasn’t bigger news…it was kinda brushed under the rug.

        Key lines…
        “According to league sources, after being approached by the Miami Heat the Cavs agreed to send James to his new team in a sign-and-trade deal. The Heat approached the Cavs about the deal, looking to pay James more money and free up some of their own cap space to sign other free agents. ”

        So the Cavs allowed the Heat to pay James more money and fee up some cap space. After whining for two days about how LeBron was so evil. I said it at the time and I still say it today…way to stand up for your principles, Dan. I am still pro-owner, but a situation like this makes me sick. They want their cake(whining) and eat it too(sign and trade). You don’t like what he did, then don’t make the trade. Period.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Yeah you’re right that’s my bad. ANow that you mention it I remember there being some talk about that, but you’re right that was out of the new pretty quickly.

  11. iplaybad - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Contract the NBA. Make the world a better place.

  12. berto55 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Maybe I’m missing something, but why doesn’t the NBA just fold the Hornets if they’re going to trade Paul and West. Seems easy enough, it costs each team roughly 10 Million (since they paid $300M), there’s going to be nobody left on that team, and the players seem hell bent on their only being 4-6 teams with legit shots at the title anyway. We don’t need so many teams.

  13. florida727 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    At this point, it’s all monopoly money to these guys anyway. Salaries are so outrageous, some of these guys can live off of one year’s salary for the rest of their lives and their kids lives and their grandkids lives. Bottom line: they want to play with their friends and try to win championships. I blame the owners for their stupidity in paying these outlandish salaries, the players for their greed, and the fans for their stupidity in continuing to support this form of “entertainment” by paying the inflated ticket prices. Make the TV ratings go down and watch what happens. I do not plan on watching ANY NBA games on Christmas Day. I wish no one would. It would send a message to Stern & Company. Otherwise, continue having to refinance just to take your family of four to a game.

    • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      I’m with you. Boycott the NBA when it comes to your pocketbook. I’m doing it this year with the NFL already. Nice to have all that extra cash in my wallet instead of theirs.

  14. deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Of course everyones up in arms over this again. Chris Paul wants to sign with the team of his choosing. He’s earned the right to choose his employer. All he is saying is, after 7 years I don’t want to play for The Clippers….you can send em there, but I won’t sign at the end of the year. He’s more than happy to play the season and then sign where he wants, but the Hornets would get nothing. How is this wrong?

    • leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. I think all too often, fans and sports writers alike get their emotions in the way of the facts. Lebron played out his contract. He didnt hold anyone hostage. If the Cavs or any other team didnt want to be apart of the “Decision” debacle, then they could have been like the Miami Marlins, in regards to Albert Pujols. Take our offer or leave it.

      As for CP3, no sane person can say that Chris Paul has tanked a season, or hasn’t honored a contract to NOH. He’s still a top 3-5 player in the league. He has never said he would veto a trade to any team, so if the Hornets were to trade him to a racist bigoted owner (Donald Sterling) he would play for him, he just has said he will not re-sign. How is that an issue? The Hornets must do whats best for their organization, and Paul must do what he feels is best for him, his career and his family.

      Finally, I have said over and over again, a franchise tag will not / can not work in the NBA. And have given specific examples as to why it would fail miserably. Yet we continue to have posters say “The NBA needs a franchise tag” Forgetting the fact that a F.T. isn’t even an option in the new CBA. I would love for one person to tell me how they would implement it in the NBA. Please feel free. Are you saying that Dwight Howard should be franchised and get the average salary of the top 5 Centers in the league knowing that that list includes Haywood, Okur and Okafor, who are all far inferior to Howard. Or on the flip side, if the Pacers wanted to keep Granger when his contract is up, is he worth the average yearly salary of Lebron, Melo, Durant and Pierce? It works in the NFL, but so too does outdoor stadiums.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        The problem is that the owners are too afraid to let their stars go without getting something in return, to the point where they want their cake and eat it too. Dan Gilbert bitched and moaned, then he took the Miami Heat’s offer of a couple picks in the late 20’s and a trade exemption to give LeBron more money and give the Heat more cap space. To me, that was one of the bigger disgraces in the entire process…almost as bad as the “Decision” TV show…just far less publicized.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

        I know it’s ridiculous. If he tanked this season I’d change my tune a bit, but that hasn’t happened. Why don’t the people who have a problem with Chris Paul just say they don’t like free agency, because that’s what you’re saying. You’re saying that in America you don’t believe a person should be able to choose who he works for.

  15. salmenman - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    what is sad is Chris Paul is viewed as Drew Brees for the saints. He is the man here but now he is viewed totally different. Let him leave and play but I hope New Orleans beats him everytime and ill be sure to boo him in the arena and sell my jersey. He and meant to be part of the New Orleans community. Our next franchise player will be better and appreciate what New Orleans can offer. I am going to buy a Trevor Ariza jersey.

  16. sunsation3413 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Let him go to the Knicks. Why does everyone think they are going to be a contender. Last time I checked you need to play some defense to win a title and Carmelo and Amare don’t have that word in their vocabulary.

    • leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Neither do Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, but it seemed to work for them.

  17. bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers for Bynum, Odom and two first round picks. Maybe even throw in someone like Shannon Brown for good measure.

    Let Chris Paul stay with the Hornets and then leave next season.

  18. sterko - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    wowowow stop the clock

    what is the klitch?

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