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No surprise, Chris Paul’s reps inform teams he’ll re-sign with Clippers

Jun 30, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Chris Paul AP

As free agency in the NBA gets set to open at midnight Eastern, one of the top names has taken himself off the market — not that it comes as any surprise.

Chris Paul will re-sign with the Clippers, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.

Paul’s representatives have told teams “not to even bother pursuing” the All-Star point guard, because, as has been believed to be the case all along, he is going to sign a max contract to stay in Los Angeles.

The Clippers did their best to botch things where Paul was concerned, but in the end, the moves they pulled off ultimately made Paul’s decision to stay an easy one.

When L.A. parted ways with head coach Vinny Del Negro, it was leaked from within the organization by ownership that Paul was the one who had made the call in one way or another, and Del Negro himself hinted at the same.

This had Paul reportedly angry that he was taking the fall for the team letting a coach go that led the club to a franchise-record 56 regular season wins, so the Clippers had to publicly respond to the report, absolving Paul of any involvement.

And you thought the Lakers’ billboard campaign asking Dwight Howard to stay was embarrassing.

Despite all of that, the bold move the Clippers made by replacing Del Negro with Doc Rivers was big-time, and solidified the organization’s commitment to winning in Paul’s eyes.

Assuming Paul signs for the max, he’ll receive a five-year deal from the Clippers worth in the neighborhood of $107 million.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I heard Cliff Paul was fielding offers from progressive and Allstate, any truth to that???

  2. legeisyaj - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    This guy hasn’t done a thing yet. Nothing. Good yes. Talented yes. Over-rated yes.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      agreed. whats not to love about this guys game, but 100 million to a guy that hasn’t won anything yet is insane. Magic, Bird and Mj never got 100 million contracts and they are the reason the league became what it is today, and they won multiple championships in the hard foul era. Dont get me wrong kudos to him and the Joe Johnsons of the world, but they are being rewarded before they deliver any results.

      • money2long - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        you get paid by talent, not by trophies alone. cmon.

      • casualcommenter - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        ….Bill Russell never signed a $10 million contract, and he won 11 championships.

        So should no players in the NBA ever sign $10 million contracts?

    • blueintown - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Laughably asinine. Far and away the best point guard in the game today.

  3. selowitch - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I beg to differ, legeisyaj. Chris Paul is the key to any Clippers championship run, which means more playoff games, more ticket and jersey sales, and a better bottom line for the Clippers organization. He is worth the money, although it’s not without risk.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      yeah but you can go to the playoffs for 10 years straight and never win a ring. I agree that teams make a boatload of dough off these guys popularity, I just think they should have incentives instead of saying here’s a blank check now bring us a ring. It should be written in those contracts like heres 30 million and you get an additional 50 million when you bring us a championship. I dont mean those numbers exactly, but you get my drift. At least that way teams are stuck paying for guys that cant deliver and they have flexibility to add better players a lot easier if all their money isn’t tied to 2-3 guys on a team.

      • blueintown - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Except no sane player would ever sign such a contract, because they are aware that no single player is capable of delivering a championship. Superior players command superior dollars. The elite teams do have most of their cash tied up in two or three elite players.

  4. philyeagles5 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    The racist got the black coach he wanted.

    • casualcommenter - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Lol, because you have to be a racist to not appreciate the tactical genius of Vinny Del Negro?

      Or, as I’ll forever refer to him as, “The coach who thought an 11-man rotation in a playoff elimination game was a good idea.”

      • gatordontplay - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        No when you tell the owner you will only play for a black coach. That is racist. The only coaches the clippers interview where black. So there is no denying the report cp3 only would play for a black coack. Jfg was a candidate up until that report.. if kevin love say he would only play for a white coach and Minnesota refused to interview a black coach the media would go crazy.

      • fonefifty - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        @gatordontplay – if you truly believe that, then “there’s no denying” that you are an idiot.

      • elgorditodehumboldt - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        You do realize that Donald Sterling owns the Clippers, right? This db was fined over $2.7M a couple years back for being a scumbag slumlord and discriminating against African American and Hispanic in his high class apartment buildings http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/11/donald-sterling-to-pay-2725-million-to-settle-housing-discrimination-lawsuit.html

    • shanelsweet - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Gator and philyeagle will never understand that telling your “owner” that you’d like to work for somebody most folks think is a great coach who happens to be black doesn’t make you a racist. Posting drivel like their comments on the other hand……..that’ll do it. And, casualcommenter, please keep commenting ’cause your reply comment is hilarious!

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Nice.

  5. readysethike - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    to the guy who said that bird or jordan never had 100 million contracts…that is because they played in a different era…the value of what they were paid had to do with economics…50 mil back then was equivalent to 100 mil now…i dont kno how much exactly they were paid but best believe if they played in our era they would make just as much and more…anyways this is great for the clippers…chris paul is key to them and he is their leader

    • blueintown - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Here’s something fun: The NBA salary cap in 1997-98 was $26.9 million. That season, the Bulls paid MJ $33 million. He made more than the rest of the team combined, and his salary alone put the Bulls over the cap.

  6. 13arod - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    legeisyaj Paul is the best point guard in the nba right now

  7. mrlaloosh - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Looks like CP-Me got paid.

  8. jamieaadams - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Paul pulled the strings in the Del Negro/Rivers soap operas. I guess Paul the GM is pretty confident he can bring back Paul the player.

  9. remyje - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Tony Parker > Chris Paul

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      That’s a good one.

  10. blakegriffin32 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Paul never said he was only going to play for a black coach. Come on dont be a joke. The Clips tried going after both Sloan and both Van Gundys. They’re white. Yet that directly counters your point? Just because they didn’t want to coach doesn’t make Paul racist. Wow.

  11. fruitcovejag - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    No drama Dwight…this is how it’s done. How long will you make everyone wait until you make your decision? After you’ve gotten all of the attention you crave and all the teams pat you on the back and tell you how wonderful you are and how much they want you? Sounds like a child to me….

    • mazblast - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Dwight is a child, the massive size and the stupid glasses excepted. He has no clue what he wants, except for attention and the ball. Paul at least knows how to conduct himself in public.

    • fonefifty - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Not a Laker or Dwight fan, but in all fairness — other teams are not allowed to recruit him while he’s still under contract with the Lakers. His contract expires at midnight.

  12. Santi - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Doesn’t matter.
    Until Blake Griffin learns how to make a jump shot consistently nothing the Clippers do will matter.

  13. jerdogthompson - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Pure genius, the dames dorks saying last week that CP3 would sign elsewhere now that has been disproven they go to “he’s overrated, hasn’t win anything” blah blah blah

    Fact, building a championship team takes time. Fact, Clippers have arguably a top three coach in the NBA. Fact, they have a great team that will only get better.

    So keep drinking the hater-aid and keep espousing your nonsense. It makes for good comedy.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Your facts are opinions. Blah Blah Blah, indeed!

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