Being the best point guard in the NBA comes with a lot of attention and sometimes unwarranted criticism and blame. Such is the case with Chris Paul and the situation of Los Angeles Clippers‘ former head coach Vinny Del Negro.
Rumors circulated that Paul was responsible for the head coach’s firing from the organization and the All-Star point guard is not happy with the organization and the speculation and rumors that have arisen.
In fact, his anger is so much that the now-free agent superstar would like to explore his options and put his re-signing with the Clippers on hold. Many have talked of him going to the Dallas Mavericks to join Dirk Nowitzki or the the Atlanta Hawks if they were to spend big money to get Dwight Howard as well.
Howard has been mentioned a many times with the signing of Chris Paul wherever he may end up, but one thing is for certain right now, everyone wants a piece of the veteran guard.
Everyone has been talking about possible destinations, but the two I mentioned before seem to have the greatest strength in acquiring Paul. Some teams are just chiming in for the sake of being involved–like the Sacramento Kings and new head coach Michael Malone. Malone says he has a strong friendship with the guard and he would look good in a Kings’ jersey.
However, despite all of the free agent talk, I believe Paul will remain with the Clippers, especially because of the strong bonds he has developed with teammates like Blake Griffin. A bigger indicator of whether he will stay or go is the hiring of a new head coach to replace Del Negro.
I believe that to guarantee he stays in LA, the Clippers should consider hiring George Karl. This could be the team that gives him his first NBA title.
Verdict: Paul stays in Los Angeles.