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Chris Paul declines Clippers extension offer. It’s just business.

Jul 1, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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This was more like the opening gambit of a chess game — it played out exactly to form, with the real moves that matter still to come.

The Clippers have offered Chris Paul a max extension to his deal, a three-year, $60 million offer, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN (multiple sources reported before Friday that offer would be coming).

Paul and his agent turned it down. As they should have, for two good business reasons:

1) If he plays out this season, becomes a free agent and then re-signs with the Clippers he can get a five-year, $105 million contract. It is one of the quirks of the new CBA that it is in the financial interest of players to become free agents and re-sign with the same team rather than to just sign an extension with thier team.

2) This keeps the pressure on management to keep building a winner. The Clippers ended last year as a team on the rise, they reminded me of the Oklahoma City Thunder of a couple years ago — a team with a lot of talent learning how to win on the biggest stages. But they could slide back if owner Donald Sterling went cheap (bringing in Lamar Odom is a sign he is not). This is just smart by CP3, keep leverage over the team to keep building.

The real questions about what Chris Paul will do come a year from now. The Clippers are not going to move him at the deadline unless he asks out, and he’s not going to do that. CP3 will follow the Steve Nash model. But if he feels the Clippers are not committed, next July could be very interesting.

By the way, it’s not finalized yet but Blake Griffin will sign his max extension with the Clips.

  1. isujames - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    That $h*t sound stupid, and in the end a majority of the top tier players will do the same thing that Paul did.The man always thinking of new ways to try to limit a brothas dollars and establish his power.TRUTH

    • chargerdillon - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Hey look! Clipper Darrel learned to use the internet!

    • allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      It is difficult for me to put in to words how stupid you sound when you make comments like that. The man is holding the “brothas” down by paying them 20 million dollars a year. As a white “honkey” I would love to be held down like that. Go play in traffic.

      • lyndseymarieee - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        No joke. Tie me up, tie me down. If you’re giving me $20 million, I don’t care.

      • lyndseymarieee - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        I’m sorry, give me $20 million to do something I love to do.

    • txnative61 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      isujames says TRUTH as if he has reached a personal epiphany of an ultimate nature. Well, yeah, its true, but not new or exclusive to those of African decent. “The Man” has wealth and wants to keep and expand it if possible, duh. In order to do this they almost universally rely on top flight education, which isn’t very surprising, given the need to constantly “think of new ways” to limit others dollars. What does surprise me given the time since slaves were emancipated is that it’s taken so long for “brothas” to reach this epiphany, and seek to maximize the education made available by their athletic abilities.

      • 10tender - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Well put sir, well put.

  2. readysethike - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    I wonder how Blake n Lamar will be on the same team…they had been real chippy with each other in the past

  3. lakerluver - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I’m still P.O.’d, CP3 should be a LAKER right now!!

    • allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Don’t worry I am sure you will make some deal that is both laughable and criminal to get a superstar in LA. This is the NBA after all, where the predictable fix happens.

    • runandgun88 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      don’t be. the lakers didn’t make a good enough offer at the time. hornets wanted young players and draft picks, things that they weren’t getting from the lakers/rockets deal. the league can’t let the lakers rip off teams all the time, can they?

  4. journeyfan99 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Ok… I honestly don’t understand this system… But if it is smart for Paul NOT to sign the max extension, why is it smart for Griffin TO sign his? Caliber of player makes the difference?

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      CP3 makes more if he waits a year. Blake makes less on the open market than the Clippers offer. It’s about maximizing what you can be offered.

  5. dexxx58 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Lamar Odom? Really? He had issues with the lakers and emotionally shut down on the mavericks!

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    I wish this kid were on the Knicks!

    • dysraw1 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      hey you can’t get him then get K. Lowry same thing with a little more range on his jumper

  7. ndamus4 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Yeah $20 million is good, but not as good as $30 Million. Its just business let him get the money while he can cause most of em go broke after its over.

  8. ch8878 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Chris Paul wants to play with Bynum in Orlando next season

  9. isujames - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Reread what I said then retort, after that respond in a way that doesn’t make you seem/look like the type of person you are. As for the other guys go finish doing your hand exercises.

    • allmyteamsareterrible - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Yep, re-read your post and you still seem like an idiot. What am I missing here exactly? Instead of a cryptic reply that requires me to go back and try to understand your garbled nonsense, why don’t you just explain to me what I’ve missed?

  10. isujames - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    @ ^^^^^beep beep …..uh oh weirdo/no life alert going off.

  11. imforbigblue - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    No your just another black guy who is a loser and instead of stepping up and making your life better is easier to just blame white ppl SMH

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      @ ^^^^^beep beep …..uh oh weirdo/no life alert going off

  12. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Shoot! Give it a year and the Lakers would for dang sure take him! You listening Ramon and Andrew?

  13. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    That’s right I said Bynum. Don’t sign him! Find some way to trade him for Paul. I like the sound of the Pau-Paul Redemption alley oop play those two could destroy.

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      @ ^^^^^beep beep …..uh oh weirdo/ no life alert going off!

  14. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    At any rate, with the new beef from the draft, I say the Lakers could still get to the West Finals next year with a better chance at getting it done. Fact is, everyone making those dollars has to do their job.

  15. labratre - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    CP3 back to NOLA, to play with unibrow, running rivers, and Big Game Gordon. Young team, but, can u imagine that, with a free agent or 2 added on. Sounds like a future winner, won’t happen, but possibly can.

  16. redblue560 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Hold out for another year to get more money….. what if he gets injured ?

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