Don't waste your time, money, or breath, NBA teams, Chris Paul isn't going anywhere in free agency. After two months of increasing tension with Paul over the issue of firing Vinnie Del Negro and the public blame being attributed to Paul, then a deal to obtain Doc Rivers as Del Negro's replacement falling through, Clippers fans can rest easy, reportedly. ESPN reports that Paul's representatives have informed teams not to bother with plans to pitch the All-Star point guard in free agency, because he plans on re-signing with the Clippers after their acquisition of Rivers one weeks ago. Paul had been a lock to re-sign for much of the year, but there had been some doubt after reports surfaced he was "unhappy" with the Clippers over owner Donald Sterling publicly hinting Paul was behind the decision not to retain Del Negro. Then there was more noise about that when Paul was reportedly frustrated they failed to get Rivers when talks fell apart several times. But then the Clippers pulled it off and got Rivers, the coach Paul wanted. Paul's not the kind of guy to walk away if you give him what he wants. He gets the most money in LA, the most endorsement opportunities, and has the most control over the franchise. Whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen but for now, he has the setup he wanted when he first entered the last year of his contract with the Hornets (when they were the Hornets) back in 2011.
Report: Chris Paul's reps inform teams he's re-signing with Clippers
CBS Sports | Jun 30