This isn’t exactly shocking news considering it was Chris Paul who pushed the Los Angeles Clippers franchise to ‘trade’ for Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, but the Los Angeles Times is reporting CP3 will remain with the Clippers organization.
An unrestricted free agent, Paul along with Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard were considered to be the prized free agent acquisitions this Summer. However, it’s sounding like Paul wont put much effort into testing the free agent market now that the Clippers brought in Rivers.
All throughout the process, the Clippers kept Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the team’s two All-Stars, abreast of the situation, the executives said.
The Clippers’ primary focus now is to re-sign Paul, who becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
NBA executives said Paul, who can sign a maximum five-year deal worth $107.3 million, will re-sign with the Clippers because he got the coach he wanted to play for.
With Paul expected to re-sign, the Clippers will now most likely attempt to trade backup point guard Eric Bledsoe who will become a free agent after the upcoming season.