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Another report Chris Paul very likely to re-sign with Clippers

Feb 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Chris Paul is simply put the best player available as a free agent this summer.

And while teams will call, the buzz around the league is none of them think they have a shot at him. Everyone is pretty convinced he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

That includes the Clippers. Marc Stein wrote at ESPN.com that the Clippers are very confident that CP3 will not leave this summer.

As one source close to the situation put it this week when asked to grade the Clips’ chances of retaining CP3, keeping in mind his well-chronicled love of the Hollywood scene and the fact that this team was good enough to reel off 17 wins in a row earlier this season: “I’m saying 99.5 percent.”

There are a lot of reasons for optimism. One, Paul likes the Los Angeles lifestyle, and he puts his son and family first and they all seem settled. Next, the Clippers can offer him more money in a max deal than anyone else with larger raises. (The Clippers cannot offer a fifth guaranteed year because they gave their one five-year deal to Blake Griffin.) Also, the organization seems to listen to him in terms of player moves he’d like to see.

Most importantly, where else is Paul going to go where he would be closer to winning a title? We can debate if DeAndre Jordan can really provide the punch they need inside in the postseason, just like we can discuss how they could use another shooter. And there is always the Vinny Del Negro caveat when discussing the Clippers postseason. But the fact is the Clippers are close, very close. If they can play in the postseason like they did at their peak this season they are a legitimate challenger to the Thunder. The Clippers are in the red zone for a title, not starting the drive from their own 20 like they were for so long.

Things always can change. A playoff meltdown could alter the landscape. This team is still owned by Donald Sterling and he did not become a saint overnight. We could come up with a list of things that could go wrong, but the fact is they most likely will not. Chris Paul will be back with the Clippers next season.

Which is why when team around the league look at major free agents they can poach this summer, they are eyeing that other team in Staples Center, not the Clippers.

  1. oldcat157 - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    17 wins in a row? Please. Playoffs is a different beast. You play the top teams and you gotta win 4 games first to move on. Not easy. Thunder will crush them.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Beat them…maybe. Crush them…no.

  2. fanofthegame79 - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    You’re right – and I’m glad someone else recognizes that the playoffs are very different than the regular season. The game slows down…you play against 1 team for up to 7 games and you get the chance to plan and re-plan for them for each game. But I will say this: watch out for a few West teams and don’t just think that the Thunder will make it back to the finals just because they were there last year and becuase their regular season record is good. The Spurs, Nuggets, Grizzlies, and Clippers are all contenders out West. And I give a very slight chance to the Lakers. I know they have to make the playoffs first, but I think they would be a tough match up once the game slows down to more of a half court game rather than running and gunning up and down the floor.

  3. andyoursistertoo - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Watching the clippers last night only reinforces my belief hes very overrated. Players these days in the NBA are so much concerned about other things there location, there friends , letting players pick who they want on there team to play with. His defense last night was flat out awful on mario freaking chalmers, you would think such a high profile player like him he would be more concerned with getting better and improving his game, but thats not the case its all about him and not committing to the team. Its no wonder hes never made it past the second round.

    • ron05342 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      He’s coming off an injury, bonehead.

  4. yousuxxors - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    he just came back from injury. hes the vest general in the nba and a great defender.

  5. therealhtj - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Look, if CP3 wants to ignore history and sign with a Donald Sterling-owned club and expect everything to go great the next 5 years, that’s certainly his right.

    But anyone who’d paid attention to these sorts of things has got to know, especially in light of the new CBA and it’s harsh penalties for going over the tax, there’s no way Sterling’s spending the money to keep the Clippers in contention.

    Sure he’s saying and doing all the right things to get CP3 locked up alongside Griffin, but once the ink is dry and he knows he can sell the team to the public and sponsors on the basis of those two alone, all those nice pieces they’ve stockpiled will quickly start getting dumped in favor of minimum contract type journeymen. Count on it.

  6. cosanostra71 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    People keep forgetting the Spurs. I get the feeling they won’t in the playoffs though.

    • money2long - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      cosign

  7. cameltoehoe - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I’m hoping for a torn ACL right before the playoffs. No Championship run & less money for years to come. That’ll teach Paul to pick up the inbounding ball at an appropriate time.

    • dannymac17 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Wow you are a clown.

    • cullenand99 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      What a pathetic life you must have, to wish injury on somebody you’ve never met.

  8. badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Paul knows he can max out $$$ on LA sponsor and TV/film connections like Shaq did. Paul is much better looking than Shaq and will get paid. Lob City will only get bigger and sell more NBA jerseys and Nike stuff.

  9. qpoiu1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Great team, living in LaLa, big market….what is not to like??

  10. fearthehoody - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    As a Clipp fan I love the potential news! Now how about some better news of a VDN firing!

  11. dko83 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Vinny Del Negro: Yes! I get to continue to have a job and be terrible at it while this guy carries me!

  12. eflem80 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    CP3 & D12 in ATL is automatically better than the Clips.

  13. cameltoehoe - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    CP3=Overrated

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