Posted July 01, 2013

Chris Paul agrees to five-year extension with Clippers

Ben Golliver, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul signed a five-year, $107 million extension with the Clippers Monday.

Chris Paul signed a five-year, $107 million extension with the Clippers Monday. [AP]

The Clippers wasted no time in locking up their franchise point guard.

ESPNLA.com reported Sunday that unrestricted free agent Chris Paul would soon agree to a five-year, $107 million extension with the Clipppers and, judging by a tweet from Paul, that deal became a reality Monday morning.

“‘I’M IN!!!,” Paul tweeted. “#CLIPPERNATION.”

The Los Angeles Times cited NBA officials to confirm the agreement on Monday. Paul’s agent also confirmed the agreement to ESPN.com on Monday.

Free agency officially opened 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.

RELATED: Ian Thomsen’s Free Agency Primer

Paul, 28, averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals for the Clippers last season. After locking up All-Star forward Blake Griffin to a five-year contract extension last summer, the Clippers’ number one priority has been re-signing Paul. 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.

Per the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Paul was allowed to sign a five-year contract with the Clippers or a four-year contract with any outside suitors. CBSSports.com reported that Paul’s deal has an opt-out clause after the fourth year.

Paul is either the No. 1 or No. 2 available free agent in this year’s class, depending on how you feel about Lakers unrestricted free agent center Dwight Howard. Retaining him was a no-brainer for the Clippers, and the only real question here is how Paul’s surgically-repaired knee will hold up over the course of the deal. Paul missed 12 games and played a career-low 33.4 minutes per game last season, and a five-year extension will carry him through his age-32 season. There’s no guarantee that Paul will make it to the end of his deal in full health but that risk is barely worth a second thought to the Clippers, who have seen Paul transform their status as a perennial also-ran into a fringe championship contender during his two seasons in L.A.

For Paul, this was a similarly easy decision. He’s exerted significant influence on player personnel moves, he’s been handed one of the league’s most respected coaches in Rivers, and he is surrounded by a veteran-dominated rotation that’s in position to make noise in the playoffs. No obvious alternative suitor emerged in recent months and it’s long been assumed that he would re-sign in L.A.

10 comments
casualumberjack
casualumberjack

The Clippers, for all their showmanship, lack the chutzpah necessary to be a real contender. They just don't seem to care enough.

FreeJack2k2
FreeJack2k2

If they get a quality shooting guard, small forward and backup center - and re-sign Matt Barnes - I would put money on them going to the NBA finals next season. I'd like them to re-sign Chauncey Billups to be the backup point guard, if they move Bledsoe. He won't cost a lot and Billups is a great floor general, he'd bring a lot to the bench.

DanielHernandez
DanielHernandez

LOL...enjoy mediocrity bud. Never seemed like a winner anyway. 


WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

The Clippers just locked themselves into the same team that couldn't get out of the first round of the playoffs for at least the next four years. I look forward to Doc Rivers being exposed as the mediocre coach he is.

joel_eustaquio2014
joel_eustaquio2014

I dont see him winning a championship with the Clippers. Oklahoma, San Antonio are a good team in the West. Miami is unbeatable in the East. He will not win if will not be teammates with D12 in LA Lakers. Miami is improving thier personel every year. Soon they will have a ligitimate center and real point guard. I can see Miami winning it all year after year after years to come. It should not all about money he should be teammate with another superstar.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Not with this roster - need to add a true 2 guard (Afflalo?). If they can't teach Jordan/Griffin to shoot free throws then dump 'em for some one who can (DWest). 

geewhiz
geewhiz

@joel_eustaquio2014 Wade is declining, Bosh is most likely gone, and a lot of their sharp shooters are nearing retirement age.  By real center, I'm assuming you mean Oden - highly doubt he can stay healthy enough to be productive.  Miami has a real chance to three peat, but I'm fairly certain that's where it will end.

DarrenZancan
DarrenZancan

@geewhiz @joel_eustaquio2014 Miami is VERY BEATABLE. Yes, they won two titles in two years. They deserve credit there, but their window is about closed for several reasons. The Bulls will be one of the best teams in the East with D Rose back. The Pacers are damn good. And now don't count out the Nets. Plus, like @Joel said, Miami is on the decline; it doesn't look like it now, but Bosh will be traded soon and Wade may have one more good year in him. And who knows, James may leave after next year.