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Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  25 responses

Chris Paul Expected to Re-Sign With LA Clippers for $107 Million


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

A deal hasn’t formally been agreed to yet between Chris Paul and the LA Clippers, but it appears to only be a matter of time until CP3 is back in the fold.

The superstar point guard – while too busy partying last night to meet with the Clippers – is expected to soon agree to a five-year extension, worth $107.3 million.

Per the LA Times:

Paul, an unrestricted free agent, can’t sign his contract until July 10 when the NBA lifts its moratorium on free-agent signings. The plan was for Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations, to represent the team by showing up at Paul’s home right when the free-agency period opened, the NBA officials said. But Paul attended the BET awards show earlier Sunday and was unable to meet with Rivers.

Paul will earn $18.7 million in the first year of his proposed new deal. Paul, who could have signed a maximum four-year deal for $79.7 million with another team, didn’t talk to any other teams during the short process for him. Once the Clippers hired Rivers as coach, Paul had no intentions of leaving Los Angeles, the executives said.

The LA Clippers have done just about everything to ensure Chris Paul’s happiness, and their plan appears to have worked.

According to reports, the Clippers will now turn their attention to free agents such as Tony Allen and OJ Mayo.

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  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    just to lose in the first round

  • Da Real

    I dont see how Doc is going to change this team to the point that they can really contend? BG needs to become a killer like Karl Malone was or this team will not get past the second round. BTW, Houston, Dallas or Golden State will be better next year thanks to D12. CP3 is worth the $$ because of the way the market is set up, but he wont get a ring during that 5 year deal

  • spit hot fiyah

    i don’t get the g state/howard talk. the warriors probably wont have the money to re-sign jarret jack and they are talking about howard? i know they are trying to dump david lee but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest in him around the nba.

  • shockexchange

    (Denny Green voice) “Clippers … We knew they were soft! We knew they would get bounced in the first round of the playoffs! They were who we thought they were!”

  • OfftheWall87

    There is one 1 team who can win a championship every season. The best thing Chris and every other player can do is put themselves in the best situation to win. The best for Chris is the Clippers. They have a ton of talent and now they have a great coach finally. So we’ll see what happens. They’re a top 5 seed in the West regardless of where Dwight goes. While you say that he won’t get a ring during this deal, people can also say Dwight won’t get a ring either wherever he goes. Neither Houston, Dallas nor Golden State will be better than OKC. It’s not about ring chasing. It’s about putting yourself in the best position to contend. That’s all these guys are doing.

  • KC

    I know cp3 is a great point guard but I don’t believe he is worth this much money. There are very few players in the league who are truly deserving of max deals but I understand how the nba works. He gets a max deal based on what other players are getting paid. I don’t think the clippers will be able to retain all of their young talent(a la OKC) and in the end will be a contender that cant get it done. The nba would be even better if teams weren’t forced into these iron clad mega deals that handcuff the franchise when they don’t work out. I would be very nervous about a max deal for CP3 with that iffy knee of his.

  • Dagger

    Whatever happens going forward, the Clippers have the league’s best point guard, one of its top big men and one of its top coaches locked into long-term contracts. That’s a fantastic foundation to build around.

  • OfftheWall87

    He deserves whatever a team is willing to give him just like every other player. He’s a superstar. Foolish to say he isn’t worth that much money especially considering the fact that he turned around the Clippers franchise and made people take them seriously…with Donald Sterling still being around.

  • OfftheWall87

    It’s really that simple.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    If CP3 isn’t worth this much, no point guard in the league is worth this much….He’s a top 5 NBA player.

  • spit hot fiyah

    wtf, trying to post like 4 times and they wont let it through

  • Basketball Coach

    this is so true, if it weren’t for CP3(well technically it was Griffin, which is the reason why CP3 moved to LA) the Clippers will still be laughable in LA, he’s that great of a player, PG wise.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • Happy.

    Being the best player at the league’s deepest position automatically earns him max money.

  • lights out

    the clips are in the lottery without him.

  • The Fury

    If they don’t make it out on the 2nd round this coming play-offs (if they make it, well they definitely will). The “Chris Paul best pg in the League” has to stop.

  • POK

    I gotta agree with KC. I think of it this way. Lebron, being the best player in the league is the benchmark for a max contract. Players after him surely wouldn’t deserve getting paid more than him. Even though Chris Paul is hellava player, he is slightly less than a max.This is strictly basketball wise though, not accounting for star value or marketing factor etc.

  • LobCity

    The best part is we won’t have to hear about Carmelo’s wedding and how he’s going to the Knicks.

  • OfftheWall87

    The only reason LeBron isn’t getting max money is because he along with Wade and Bosh chose not to so that they could play together.

  • pposse

    assuming CP3 is the best pg in the league, (which he is not but thats something completely different) and knowing that he was the leader of the team that lost 4 straight playoff games 2 yrs in a row now, a record of 2-8 in the last 10 playoff games, and well known for many ticky tac injuries which always seem to affect his play in the playoffs, why would you pay this guy max dollars? When was the last time a true PG even led a team to a championship? News flash CP will not win you a championship, doesn’t have a chance to either and is not worth the max dollars.

  • vINSANITY

    He’s been good for the clips no doubt, but he still has to step his game up after signing this contract

  • OfftheWall87

    Really? Kobe was the best player in the league but didn’t even make the playoffs in 2004-2005. So that’s not how it works.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    And who will be the best then? Does somebody just slide in his spot BY DEFAULT?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    So, the clippers should let him sign with another team?

  • pposse

    no, im with most on here; its just a little sad the way the market in the nba works and how much these guys earn. He plays on a team that has great talent around him, why command such a high salary? In one instance they will take pay cuts and team up with other superstars, but then on the other hand they take a max deal and expect the talent to just fall in line around them and expect the role players to take less to play with cp3? These guys like to put pressure on themselves, well CP3 is about to put a lot of pressure on himself. He’ll either come out a diamond or crumble, we shall see.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    He wont crumble…

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