With the never-ending carousel that is the Donald Sterling-Los Angeles Clippers dilemma continuing to take left turn after right, Chris Paul has not ruled out sitting out next season if things aren’t settled by the time next season starts in the fall.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul told ESPN.com it’s “unacceptable” if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the team when the season begins.
Paul also said he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control when the seasons starts in a little more than two months.
“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”
“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc,Blake [Griffin], DJ [DeAndre Jordan]. It’s unacceptable.”
The issue remains whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, acted properly in selling the franchise without his consent. She agreed to a deal with ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.
Closing arguments are set for Monday, at which point the judge will determine whether to authorize the sale or throw the situation into further confusion. Donald Sterling has vowed to fight “as long as he lives.”
Thing is, this probably isn’t going to be settled by October. Rivers, Paul and the NBA, are going to have to pry the Clippers away from Sterling’s fingers. He says he’s going to fight. And apparently so are the players.
This could get ugly fast — for both Adam Silver and the players.
What happens if Sterling is still “technically” the owner in October? Do any of the Clippers players report? Should they? Will Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers, Doc Rivers included, be granted free agency at that moment?
Just when it felt as if this situation couldn’t get any worse, it kind of has to before it even begins to start to get better.