At one point last week it appeared that the Los Angeles Clippers would be mortgaging their future in an effort to bring in Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers so that the team would be loaded and ready to win now. Clippers point guard Chris Paul was a big reason for the team aggressively pursuing the trade, so it comes as no surprise that he is not happy with the team now that talks have once again fallen through.
Free-agent star Chris Paul pushed the Clippers to hire Rivers as coach, but will have to settle for Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw or Byron Scott if he plans to re-sign with Los Angeles in July. Paul is unhappy with the fallout over the failed deal, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night.
Obviously, this isn’t good for Los Angeles.
For the Clippers now, it is probably best that they didn’t pull off the trade. It will allow the team to be better in the long run, but now they have to worry about their star player coming back to the team next season.
Los Angeles can offer Paul a max contract, but if he is really looking to win Paul could team up with Dwight Howard and look to join a team that has the cap space to take on both of their contracts.
In the end, it is most likely that Paul will return to the Clippers because they can offer him the most money, but if he continues to be unhappy with the franchise this story is only going to get more interesting as the offseason progresses.