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The case for why Chris Paul is staying with the Clippers

Oct 21, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul AP

Chris Paul is technically back in that same spot so many stars have been in over the past few years which has resulted in a transition of teams. He’s a free agent at the end of this season with his contract expiring. He would have been a free agent this summer but as part of the agreement that sent him to the Clippers in a trade last fall, Paul opted into his last year on contract. The thought was that the Clippers would have to show him they could win before he would commit long-term.

HoopsWorld reports that signs point to what everyone assumed, that Paul’s plan is to re-sign.

Paul aggressively recruited for the Clippers this offseason, contacting free agents and attempting to sell them on the situation. His pitch was convincing, with talk about the promising future in Los Angeles and opportunity to compete for a championship. Paul’s recruiting pitch was instrumental in the team signing Jamal Crawford among other free agents, according to sources close to the situation. Most players who are planning to leave a team have one foot out the door as free agency looms. Paul, on the other hand, was working the phones and planning face-to-face meetings with potential teammates.

Not only did Paul play a huge role in the Clippers’ pursuit of free agents, he spent the offseason working with several of Los Angeles’ prospects. Paul trained with Eric Bledsoe, Travis Leslie and Trey Tompkins in Los Angeles, pushing the three young players every day. Paul took Bledsoe, Leslie and Thompkins under his wing, pushing them to improve all aspects of their game and encouraging them as they continue their development. He also spent a considerable amount of time bonding with his teammates, hanging out with them in Los Angeles and flying several of them (including Leslie and Thompkins) to Las Vegas, where he hosted several parties. He also organized offseason workouts and many Clippers participated.

via Alex Kennedy’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia.

Now, Paul would likely do much of this even if he wasn’t sold. But from the beginning, he’s essentially said that he’s where he wants to be and he’s going to be there a long-time. He has Blake Griffin who’s only going to get better, and a team of veterans which is what every star wants around him.

But is this really how Paul spends the next four years of his career, into his 30’s? The Clippers, let’s be honest, here, are not winning a title. Even with a projected improvement from Griffin, unless he has shooting touch implanted through cybernetics, he’s not going to be all-world. DeAndre Jordan can improve and will still take years to be the kind of dominant defensive center you need.

The Clippers are going to be good. Paul would have to be the best, not one of, which he already is, but the best player in the NBA for them to win the title. Can he pull that off?

  1. hoodheisman - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    If he wants to win a title, his best bet might be to resign with the Clippers and add an opt-out in 2014 so he can see what the Lakers do to reload around D.Howard.

    • biasedhomer - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      His best chance to win a title would be to do what Bosh and Lebron did. Paul and Howard can both become free agents and join together on another team that has a great player.

      Now that I think about, Mavs would make perfect sense. Big 3 of Dirk, Paul, and Howard.

      • therealhtj - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Sure, save for the fact that Dirk is basically done.

      • therealhtj - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        That and young, black, superstar athletes have repeatedly turned down opportunities to take their talents to podunk Texas.

  2. davidcl77 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Agree

  3. jerdogthompson - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Still upset he’s not with the Lakers? Get over it already. No you’re incorrect, he has a much better chance right where he is. You’ll see, that group of geezers I call team Viagra will prove me right. Mark this post.

  4. lakerslegacy2432 - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    they’re not coming to tha triple D so u can get that outta your mind

  5. pukpokito - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Last year, the big factor that did them in was DeAndre Jordan.Mr.$million dollar man played like $11 in the postseason.2 things that was a factor last season and will be a factor this season and especially if the Clippers are going further than the 2nd round is DeAndre Jordan. #1 he has to make his free throws.Bank it man! use the bank shot.how hard can that be? would you rather miss? and #2 his penchant for getting in foul trouble with mental mistake or simply being tired in the course of the game.He solves those issues the Clippers would have him at the end of the games.DeAndre is key.He is their paint man who will make the difference.

  6. therealhtj - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Donald Sterling. That’s all you need to know. No superstar on his 2nd big contract has EVER resigned with the Clips.

  7. jerdogthompson - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Yo puke & hj.

    You obviously have not been watching much lately. Times have changed for the better.

    Keep talking the smack as I know both u won’t be here in two months.

  8. jerdogthompson - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Upon further review I retract my previous reference to “puke”. It was uncalled for. My bad.

  9. abchome - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Making Clippers a contender could be bigger personal success than winning a title with say, Lakers.

  10. cpcfan - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    How has nobody mentioned the biggest issue holding back the overall growth of this team??? Vinnie Del Negro..Who thank god is in the last year of his contract, CP3 if staying will be able to hand pick the successor..

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