Los Angeles Clippers Should Give Chris Paul Blank Check

By John Raffel
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

If the Los Angeles Clippers want to truly be considered as NBA title contenders, they need to make several moves during the offseason.

The first one is very obvious: give Chris Paul a blank check.

The Clippers need to keep Paul with the franchise. If he leaves, forget it. Then they’ll become the Clippers of old.

Paul is coming off a brilliant season and nearly took the Clippers to victory over a talented Memphis Grizzlies team, who are showing everyone exactly how good they are.

Paul had an excellent Game 6 against the Grizzlies even though the season ended prematurely when he was ejected with 2:20 to play for crashing into Marco Gasol. But as a show of class, Paul shook hands with many Memphis players before going to the locker room. It was his first ejection from the playoffs.

But it’s also old news and Paul needs to appreciate the season he had, and for the future that he can continue to enjoy. On the season, he averaged 16.9 points, 9.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game.

For the playoffs, Paul averaged 22.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, and shot 53.3 percent from the floor.

If the Clippers can come up with a winning coach and add a few more talented players to the roster, they can win championships with Paul in the center of the action. But they have to financially commit to Paul, who is definitely the most exciting performer on the roster. He badly wants to play for a champion. Hopefully, the Clippers will meet his hopes very soon.

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