Chris Paul made one of the smartest, most loyal moves of any superstar this season by telling the Los Angeles Clippers organization that he plans on re-signing with the team.
While the chances of his leaving the Clippers were slim even prior to the addition of Doc Rivers earlier in the week, the introduction of the former Boston Celtics head coach was just the icing on the cake. With an upgrade at the coaching position and the re-signing of Paul, it looks like the Clippers may be in their best position to make their deepest run in the postseason — ever.
Sure, they aren’t going to be the best team in the Western Conference next season, but the signing of a guy like Dwight Howard — although very unlikely because of the money — would make the Clippers instant favorites.
It looks like Paul wants to make the Clippers the No. 1 team in L.A. for good. Depending on the length of his next contract, it looks as if the young, vibrant Clippers are overtaking the city once reigned by the now-aging Los Angeles Lakers.
Paul has averaged about 18 points and 9.5 assists as a Clipper and will look to improve on those numbers in his ninth NBA season in 2013-14. The 28-year-old point guard has evolved into the league’s best at the position, and the Clippers hope he helps them evolve into the league’s top team.
With Blake Griffin and Paul running the show in L.A., the Clippers will surely be one of the most exciting tickets in town. I’m sure Lob City would love to take down the Miami Heat next season, and Paul just took the first step in trying to do so.