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Chris Paul confirms he will stay with Clippers next season

Feb 23, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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When Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, it was with the understanding that he would give them a couple years — this season, and he would opt-in for next season. Opt in for a cool $17.8 million.

But there was a concern he would opt-out after this season, either to go play with someone else or because Clippers owner Donald Sterling screwed it up.

Clippers fans can exhale. On the Jim Rome radio show this week, Paul confirmed that “the decision was made” (via Eye on Basketball).

Which was true from the start — that option was voided when he was traded. He will stay with the Clippers.

He likely will stay beyond that. This is a team that is the most legitimate threat to the Oklahoma City Thunder over the next five years. With Paul and Blake Griffin they have the transcendent players, around them they have quality role players like DeAndre Jordan, Mo Williams, Kenyon Martin and more.

They could use another piece or two, but Paul is not going to find a better landing space than the Clippers — big market (meaning big marketing opportunities off the court), winning team with potential, and fans who idolize him. Not only will he opt in, I’d be shocked if he didn’t sign an extension (or opt-out then re-sign with the Clippers, for financial reasons) after next season.

  1. birdsflynorth206 - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    This isn’t news part of CP3’s trade to the Clippers was that he wouldn’t opt out of his contract this year

  2. chargerdillon - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    I know this sounds like total hating but it’s based on a clear historical pattern with the Clippers. They have a great level of prosperity right now, and it likely wont last more than another year or 2 at the most.

    The ownership has not changed for the Clippers and because of that, nobody should believe the franchise will ever be trying to compete for the big one. They’re fun to watch, but so are the Thunder. I don’t think there’s too many people that would really put all their chips on the Thunder either.

    I’m a Laker fan but I’ve always supported the Clippers. In saying that, it’s better not to support the Clippers because all they do is break your heart. (ie my Chargers too)

    Paul will be gone soon, Griffin will be gone soon, I’d rather they stay right where they are, but im realistic and not trying to ignore the truth about a franchise that chooses mediocrity and again im a Chargers fan so I speak from first hand experience

    • busboys4me - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Actual Management HAS changed with the Clippers. Neil Olshay is now in charge and he has been the best in the business this year by signing a waived Chancey Billups, trading for Chris Paul, re-signing DeAndre Jordan, and adding Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans. He didn’t get JR Smith, but that was only because JR wanted the largest platform to make an impression so he can sign a bigger contract the year after next. You can’t fault the Clippers’ Management on JR’s greed. This statement is coming from a DIEHARD Los Angeles LAKERS fan.

  3. dylude - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    There is absolutely nothing of substance transcendent about Blake Griffin and his 30% FG when not dunking.

    They need an efficient scorer to become transcendent…. Someone who isn’t CP3 and can make a shot outside of the paint better than Griffin’s 30%

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:39 AM

      You’ve got to be kidding me. A 6″10 PF that runs the floor like a wing player, can handle the rock and is an underrated passer that rebounds with the best of them? Oh, forget about the fact that he’s a freak athelete that just so happens to be able to jump out the gym and is only 22 with remarkable footwork. And isn’t a knucklehead off the court. How many flavors does that Haterade that you drink come in?

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Well this a big fat DUH

  5. cosanostra71 - Feb 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    fans that idolize him? the Clippers have fans? that’s news to me…

  6. thestudiokida - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    They are an Eric Gordon away from being a championship team.

    As it is they could still come out of the West.

    • reimskyllet9232 - Feb 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      They really are. I want him to come back, and may God keep him healthy

  7. therealhtj - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Don’t count on Sterling to sign Paul and Griffin to max extensions. More likely is they’ll sign Griffin to a max extension, although I can see them balking at a Rose Rule 30% of the cap deal.

    Signing and older and somewhat injury prone Chris Paul to a max extension does not seem likely. Griffin won’t test the waters, he’ll take the money. Chris Paul will leave and Sterling will keep packing the house with Griffin, but any hopes of a championship will be dashed. They’re certainly not going to flirt with the luxury tax to contend.

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