The Chris Paul contract to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers totaled five-years at $107 million. According to ESPN on July 1, Paul can’t sign the contract until later in the month, but Paul tweeted that he was staying with Los Angeles.
The deal was pretty much set in stone when the Clippers traded a first round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for their head coach Doc Rivers.
Rivers replaces Vinny Del Negro as the head coach. The Clippers declined to bring back Del Negro despite him leading Los Angeles to the postseason two years in a row and led the team to their first ever 50-win season and a division title. Although, Chris Paul denies it, some believe he was responsible for the choice not to bring back Del Negro.
Despite that, Paul had not chosen to return to the Clippers and was actually considering joining forces with Dwight Howard somewhere next season. However, when the Clippers signed Doc Rivers, Paul was sold on remaining with the team. He responded by tweeting that “I’m in. ClipperNation.”
The Chris Paul contract follows the recent contract his teammate Blake Griffin signed last year, a five-year deal worth $95 million, locking up the Clippers two best players as they try to take that next step.
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