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It’s official, Chris Paul re-signs with Los Angeles Clippers

Jul 10, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

While the moratorium on signing players faded away at midnight Eastern, that hour is not so late on the West Coast. Within an hour of when they could do it the Clippers were over at Chris Paul‘s house, got the deal inked and sent out that picture. Paul tweeted out images of the signing as well.

Little Chris seems very intent on studying the legal jargon. He shouldn’t worry, that is a max deal — five years, $107 million (CP3 has an opt out after four years).

Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game last season, and more than that is the best floor general in the game. That made him  the best free agent on the market this year (unless you want to argue Dwight Howard should be above him) but there was really never any doubt he was staying in L.A. That became especially true when the Clippers signed Doc Rivers up to be coach, then went out and got more quality players like J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.

The Clippers could be contenders — they are going to score, but they will only go as far as their defense will take them. Doc Rivers needs to focus on that identity, and DeAndre Jordan needs to embrace it.

But it all starts with CP3 officially signing on the line that is dotted.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Even though this was always expected, being a clippers fan I have been burned in the past (thanks Brand). So glad it’s finally official

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:55 AM

      Brand not re-signing was a blessing in disguise on many levels. Without him bolting, your screen name would be much different, my friend, truth be told.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Why is his max deal much, much less then Dwight Howard’s if he woulda stayed in LA? ($10,000,000 difference)

    • dyn0myte - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      I’m certainly no expert in the details of NBA salary regulations,
      but I think it’s because he’s shorter…

    • davidly - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Excellent question. Since they both fall into the 7-9 year vet range, my guess is that it has to do with whatever the two players’ respective salaries the previous season were, and that Howard’s must’ve already been higher.

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        thats pretty much it

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I love this and I’m happy that the Clippers will finally sustain a little success. It’s only a shame that Stern blew up the Kevin Garnett deal. The Clippers biggest need was inside defense and coaching; which Doc Rivers and Garnett could have rectified nicely. Probably this is still a 55 win team in 2013-2014.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      KG would have been a good fit with them no doubt, but on top of that the desperately need a big man that can shoot and stretch the floor a little bit. Even if its a 15 footer so CP3 can have more room to operate. All in all tho, clippers are in really good shape this year. They and the warriors have had a awesome offseason.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Good point. Don’t know how many Clippers games you watch but did you hear the stat about how DeAndre Jordan has made 2 shots outside of the paint in his entire career? That’s crazy. You’d think he get a lucky shot-clock beater or something… or a baseline jumper.

  4. mat9844 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    YESSSSS! Let the games begin!!

  5. florida727 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    This contract is not valid.

    Take a close look at that picture.

    That’s clearly CLIFF Paul signing that paper.
    (Probably just an insurance deal getting done.)

  6. spinmovr - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Only been a fan since ’08 (Baron Davis fooled all of us) but this is going to be a hell of a year for LAC. Their current roster has too many guards in my opinion, which is to say why the hell did they keep Willie Green after picking up Dudley and Reddick? Need another low post defender (Kenyon Martin would be welcomed back) because Hollins is the only big man off the bench right now.

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