(Sports Network) - As expected, Chris Paul will remain with the Los Angeles
Clippers instead of testing the NBA free agent market.
ESPN Los Angeles reported Monday that the All-Star point guard has accepted
the Clippers' offer of a five-year, $107 million maximum contract extension.
The deal cannot be formally announced until July 10, when the league's
moratorium on player signings and trades is lifted.
Paul confirmed his decision through social media, declaring "I'M IN!!!
#ClipperNation" on his Twitter account.
It was widely understood among NBA circles that Paul would re-sign with the
Clipppers, who acquired the 28-year-old in a trade with the then New Orleans
Hornets in December of 2011, once the team was able to work out a deal with
the Boston Celtics to bring in Doc Rivers as its new head coach.
Rivers was believed to be Paul's preferred choice to replace Vinny Del Negro,
who did not have his contract renewed despite guiding the long-struggling
Clippers to a franchise-record 56 victories and a first-ever Pacific Division
title in 2012-13. Los Angeles was defeated by Memphis in six games in the
opening round of the Western Conference Playoffs, however.
Paul has certainly had a significant impact on that recent turnaround as well,
with the Clippers posting the two highest winning percentages in team history
since he took over as the team's point guard.
The six-time All-Star has also led the NBA in steals per game in each of his
two seasons with Los Angeles, and was named the West's Player of the Month
after leading the Clips to a perfect 16-0 record this past December.
Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals over 70 regular-season
games in 2012-13. For his career, the North Carolina native has averaged 18.6
points. 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals over eight seasons with the Hornets and
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