Chris Paul Agrees To Contract Extension With Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul Agrees To Contract Extension With Los Angeles ClippersChris Paul announced that he is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers. The superstar point guard is reportedly going to sign a five-year, $107 million contract extension with the club. This finally brings closure to a saga that began back in December of 2011, when the Clips acquired Paul from the then-New Orleans Hornets.

‘Needed to retain him’

The team traded Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a 2012 first-round draft pick—which became Austin Rivers—to NOLA in exchange for CP3 and an agreement that the star would opt into the final year of his contract. While there was no guarantee that CP3 would remain in Tinseltown past the 2012-13 campaign, it became apparent that the organization needed to retain him to remain relevant.

‘Drastic move’

In order to insure that the 28-year-old remained loyal, the franchise brass made a drastic move last week. After a demoralizing defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Clippers decided to part ways with former coach Vinny Del Negro—a decision believed to appease Paul.

Then the club organized a trade for the Boston Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning coach, Doc Rivers. That seems to have been the deciding factor, as CP3 has been considered a lock to remain in L.A. ever since Rivers came aboard.

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Source: Alex Kay | Bleacher Report

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