It’s an understatement to suggest that Chris Paul needs to stay in a Los Angeles Clippers uniform for the franchise to remain viable. But what are the chances Paul might leave for another team? One has to think the Clippers should be able to afford any amount of money Paul is thinking about and could match any team.
But that remains to be seen. In the meantime, while the safe bet is that Paul will return to the Clippers, it’s not 100 percent assured by any means, since too many other teams out there would love to have Paul and will put together an attractive package to get him.
The Clippers could match any offers. In that case, the question will be how badly Paul wants to stay in Los Angeles. He’s getting a new coach, which should help. There’s no secret he and Vinny Del Negro weren’t on the same page. It’s probably the main reason Del Negro was fired. The Clippers knew they had to do everything to try and keep Paul
Paul had a great season with 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game. He had an even better playoff with 22.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds a game.
He obviously wants to play for a team that will win an NBA title and needs to be reassured that the franchise is building toward that goal. What they do in free agency talks and in the draft could show him they’re building toward a title. That would help in trying to keep him.