This is no surprise. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Chris Paul’s rep has told teams that he’s re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers:
Chris Paul’s representatives have told teams not to even bother pursuing the point guard when free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday because he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to league sources.
Paul’s decision to stay with the Clippers is no surprise, but the latest word from his camp has ended whatever small hope opposing teams had of luring the All-Star, sources said.
via Chris Paul to stay with Clippers – ESPN LA
The only viable options for Chris Paul outside of Los Angeles were the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, but that was only likely if Dwight Howard was joining him.
Since being traded to the Clippers in 2011, Paul had been the head superstar on this Clippers team leading them to their best season in franchise history winning 56 games. The season ended in the first round after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in six games.
Paul will likely sign a five year max contract worth around $100 million-plus. If he had signed with any other team Paul would have turned down $30 million extra.
Alongside Doc Rivers, the new Los Angeles Clippers head coach and star Blake Griffin, Paul will return to an organization who is looking to make an impact in the Western Conference. A lot of the quips about the Clippers pre-Doc Rivers was that Vinny Del Negro wasn’t good enough to coach his team past the second round. With Rivers heading the team the expectations will be high for this club entering the 2013 season. A first-round exit won’t be enough.