Chris Paul is one of three key LA Clippers players entering free agency next summer, and CP3 will be in line for a major payday.
The LA Clippers reportedly expect their superstar floor general to command a five-year max contract.
On the Clippers, trying to find harmony in what might be their last chance — w/ candid stuff from CP and Blake: https://t.co/sMBeQSiOQE
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Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will also be on the market.
Steve Ballmer, L.A.’s moneybags owner, has already said he’ll pay the cost. Maxing out Griffin is a no-brainer, and the team expects Paul to demand the full five-year max (or whatever the longest possible deal ends up being in the revised collective bargaining agreement) to stick around, per several league sources. That would take him well past age 35. Gulp. Suitors will line up for Redick.
(Doc) Rivers was right last fall: teams grow stale. People decide to move on. If the ending is unhappy again, I’d bet on at least one big change in Clipperland. For now, the team is trying to enjoy the journey — and the clean locker-room air.
“The spirit is right,” Paul said. “You can’t take that for granted.”