One of the two high profile free agents this morning chose to sign on with current team and Pacific Division Champions the LA Clippers. Chris Paul tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday morning that he had decided to accept the Clippers’ 5-year, $107 Million offer which will see him in Los Angeles until 2018, with an opt-out clause after four years tweeting “I’M IN #CLIPPERNATION“. Under the new CBA, other NBA clubs could only offer Paul a maximum four year deal as is the case with crosstown rivals the LA Lakers and Dwight Howard.
There had been some speculation about whether Paul would stay with the club following a tumultuous month of coaching changes and indecision, but ultimately the hiring of former Boston Celtics Championship winning coach Doc Rivers was enough to convince him that the Clippers are indeed the right place for him. At 28 years of age Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals last season and will be looking forward to leading the surging Clippers even further in their quest for title number one.