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Is Chris Paul Going to Re-Sign with the Clippers?

Feb 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro talks with guard Chris Paul (3) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Clippers defeated the Sixers 107-90. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

At the beginning of the season, this came into question. Is Chris Paul going to re-sign. Overwhelming sources and analysts said yes, but now things are shaping a little bit differently. Due to another early playoff exit, Vinny Del Negro, the Clippers’ head coach is looking at possible unemployment. Chris Paul doesn’t want to play under him, and he wants to win.

That may seem a bit selfish, but of course it’s not when you actually think about it. No one can blame LeBron James for leaving Cleveland, a place he had absolutely no success in. Chris Paul’s only been with LAC for two seasons, and he’s turned the franchise around. Del Negro, however, has to to take 50% of the responsibility for failure. It’d be more if Griffin didn’t go and get injured.

Paul will likely re-sign with LAC, depending on what kind of transactions are made in the offseason, but it’s still going to be very interesting, because there’s a slight chance that he won’t. The Clippers may be in some deep trouble if he doesn’t do that. Is Eric Bledsoe good enough to run this Clipper team by himself? He may be full of potential, but he’s certainly no Chris Paul.

What do you think? What are Chris Paul’s Chances of re-signing with LAC?

 

Topics: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Tej, how do you know that Chris Paul doesn’t want to play for VDN? Do you have a source on that, or are you just making it up? I haven’t heard CP say anything on this issue.

    I actually think the Clippers should be worried. While they had a great regular season, the team got exposed in the playoffs (exactly as Charles Barkley predicted). They really missed the toughness of Reggie Evans and Kenyon Martin, and the sharpshooting of Nick Young. The team we just saw lose four straight to Memphis is a long way from being a legitimate championship contender. Yes, Chris Paul can make more money by re-signing with the Clippers. But it’s not like he would make chump change if he signed a max deal with another team. And he has some large endorsement contracts which also bring in big bucks. Long story short, CP will make enough money over the next 4-5 years to take care of his childrens’ children regardless of which team he signs with.

    The Clippers need to decide if they want to be Lob City or if they want to win championships. If they want to win championships, then they’re going to need to do something about DeAndre’s and Blake’s attitudes. They need to get more toughness on the roster. They need guys who can get their own shots besides Chris Paul. And they need to implement an offensive system, rather than just having CP ad lib on every possession.