Report: Chris Paul’s reps inform rivals he plans to re-sign with Clippers
One of L.A.’s premier free agents is busy setting up meetings with a handful of suitors; the other reportedly plans to re-sign without any fanfare.
While Lakers center Dwight Howard is reportedly set to meet with as many as five teams next week, early indications are that Chris Paul plans to simply re-sign with the Clippers.
ESPN.com reports that Paul’s representatives are letting teams know that their client plans to re-up in L.A.
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.
Free agency officially opens on Monday, July, 1 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, or 9:01 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles. Although teams and players can begin having contact as of July 1, deals cannot be officially consummated until the end of the free agency moratorium on July 10.
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Paul, 28, averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals for the Clippers last season. Acquired in a trade from the Hornets in December 2011, Paul’s impending free agency has been the Clippers’ number one priority this offseason. Coach Vinny Del Negro was let go back in May and the organization sent a first-round pick to the Celtics so that coach Doc Rivers would be let out of his contract and allowed to sign on with the Clippers. Management also issued a statement taking responsibility for Del Negro’s departure, as Paul was reportedly unhappy that he was being blamed for the decision.
The six-time All-Star was selected to the All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive First Team last season. After advancing to the Western Conference semifinals in 2012 and winning the first division title in franchise history this season, Paul and company were bounced from the first round of the playoffs by the Grizzlies.
Paul can sign a five-year contract with the Clippers or a four-year contract with any outside suitors. It’s long been assumed that he would re-sign in L.A.