Although former Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett and swingman Paul Pierce will be suiting up for the Brooklyn Nets instead of the Los Angeles Clippers next season, point guard Chris Paul has decided to re-sign with the Clippers.
Paul, who was traded from the then New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) before the 2011-12 season began, is set to become a restricted free agent in less than 24 hours.
ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard, citing a source, says “Chris Paul’s reps telling opposing teams not to bother pursuing him on July 1 bc he’ll re-sign with Clippers.”
Paul re-signing seemed like a foregone conclusion once the Clippers acquired former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who Paul presumably lobbied for.
Paul has completely turned the Clippers around. During the 2010-11 season, the Clippers went 32-50, finishing fourth in the Pacific Division.
In Paul’s first season in Los Angeles, the Clippers went 40-26 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Last season, the Clippers went 56-26 and won the division, but were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzzlies.
Last season Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
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