Chris Paul says too much is being made of his decision not to sign a contract extension with the L.A. Clippers this summer. Don’t take it to mean, Paul says, that he doesn’t want to stay with the team beyond this season. It’s a matter of money, of course, and Paul is simply making a choice that makes more financial sense.
Paul could have signed a three-year, $60 million extension with the Clippers this summer. If he waits until next year, that deal becomes five years, $108 million.
Chris Paul has opted not to sign a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers for financial reasons. (AP Photo)
"I'll wait until next summer to decide everything," Paul told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "It's funny, ESPN doesn't put at the bottom of the ticker, like why you don't do the three-year. But I opted in for this year or I would've had the opportunity to do that again this summer."
Paul stresses that he hasn’t made up his mind about his future and said former GM Neil Olshey, who is now with the Portland Trail Blazers, “had a lot to do with me being here with the Clippers so I'm always going to be grateful to him for that.” Despite Olshey's departure, he sees a bright future for the franchise.
"I'm excited about our future," Paul said, per ESPN L.A. "Bringing in Jamal (Crawford), and obviously getting Chauncey (Billups) back. Everybody knows how I feel about that. That was huge."
The bottom line for Clippers fans: you’re probably the favorite to keep Paul, but don’t count it as a done deal. There’s sure to be plenty of buzz around Paul before his final decision is made, and the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have already been floated as possible destinations for the All-Star point guard.
Chris Paul: Don't Read Too Much Into Decision To Not Sign Extension
Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:48 PM
Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:45 PM
Edited by PSSSHHHRRR87, 08 July 2012 - 09:46 PM.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:03 AM
Paul seems to be in a really good situation and I don't see him leaving it just to come to dramaville. Also, I think there's zero chance the Hawks let Josh walk for nothing and I would hope Ferry wouldn't be dumb enough to give him a max contract. Josh maybe excited about the direction Ferry's taking the team. But, I would be shocked if he furnished any kind of guarantee to Josh that he would definitively be apart of it long term.
The feeling I am getting is that all of the Hawks fans will get all worked up about CP3 and DW12 not signing extensions and think its a sign of things to come, when all it means is that they are both wanting bigger contracts with their respective teams. Once Dwight gets traded to Brooklyn, he's staying there, the Clips will keep CP3, and the Hawks will be in full-on rebuild mode. Smoove will likely bolt after this season or we will end up overpaying him and be back to square one. The life of a Hawks fan...
Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:23 AM
What I'm not good with, keeping the status quo and not even trying and being a first round knockout every year. I'd rather go lottery and possibly get Davis or Beal.
I'd rather watch paint dry than see iso-joe again.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:18 AM
...and I think the ASG is taking the Falcons as an example too. One of the reasons the Cowboys have struggled since Aikman left is because their owner, Jerry Jones, is also the GM and President. Gearon, Jr has finally backed off and allowed Ferry to come in and work his magic. I would rather the third scenario that r2p pointed out... Build around Smoove and Horf, with them at 3&4 respectively. Start Zaza at 5, Morrow/Stevenson at 2, and Harris at point this season.
Im not trippin about Paul or Howard or Smoove.
We had to rebuild. I really didnt see any other way around it. Im looking at this like TD and the Falcons.
Edited by PSSSHHHRRR87, 09 July 2012 - 11:19 AM.
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