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Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:15 pm
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Chris Paul says he's already decided to opt-in to 2012-2013 with the Clippers. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore 

When Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was done under the condition that Paul would exercise his option for 2012-2013 to give the Clippers at least two years to build a team around him. Still, there was still a feeling from skeptics that this could all go wrong. That since it was Paul's decision, if things didn't work with the Clippers, he could opt-out and test restricted free agency. Because that was part of the back-room deal in place, there has been little discussion of his option for next season. 

But in an interview with Jim Rome this week, Paul was asked if he'd decided to exercise that option and stay with the Clippers through next summer instead of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer and seeing all his options. Paul said that the decision has already been made, and outlines why.

 


So Paul says the decision is made. He could back out of it, but you have to doubt that's going to happen with the Clippers in third place in the West, leading their division with signature wins over the Lakers and Heat. The Clippers aren't perfect, but in a short time they surrounded Paul with a quality cast of veterans (the kind stars like Paul want to play with), alongside Blake Griffin, and have changed a lot of the culture. 

Based off of how Paul talks about the quality guys they brought into the locker room, and the result so far, don't you have to consider Clippers Neil Oshey the Executive of the Year? He didn't just bring in player after player to fit in with a Chris Paul team, then pulled off the trade, but he managed to do so while building a locker room that Paul wants to be part of.

Even if things don't finish well for Paul in L.A. this year, they have a whole other year to build a championship team around the best pure point guard in the league and the most powerful power forward under 25. Everything's good news this year for Clippers fans.

When's the last time you could say that?

("ROME with Jim Rome" debuts on CBS Sports Network April 3rd.  You can follow him on Twitter @JimRome.)
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Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Yeah winnerz your team is looking great....happy with that 8-25.....I'm from Louisiana and people like you remind me why I left.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

By the way Stern how did that trade work for you?....what's NO's record again????


Stern is as bad at making trade decision's as he is at running the league..... 



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Well there goes Paul's chance of any champioship thropies....



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Im honeslt happy for the clippers, im a sixers fan myself, and really dont care about teh clippers, but i will say i enjoy watching the clippers play and its good for the NBA which is horrible as a whole



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:49 am
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Winnerz: my post is not a pro Laker post. I am NOT a Laker fan. It is not an anti Clipper post. I am glad for them. They have an exciting team with potential. This is an anti Stern post. He should have NEVER put himself in this conflict of interest. He should have set up a blind trust where a good basketball mind makes decisions for NO who is NOT in the front office of the NBA. I believe Stern was pacifying other owners when he voided the Laker trade. The "it's in the interest of NO" propaganda only started after the outrage ensued.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:12 am
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Quit whinig the Lakers got enough breaks with the Gasol trade.  The refs handing them the titles in 2002, for once they don't catch a break and fans can't shut up about it.  Jose Calderon is out there go and trade for him, the guy can flat out play and has one of the best ast/to ratios out there.  Give up Gasol for Amir and Calderon or make a move for another PG like Hinrich.  Mitch Kupcake is awful at being a GM signing guys like Blake, Murphy.  They were cheap with Ariza and it cost them, stuck with aging psycho in Artest a.k.a. World Peace.  Kobe is old and is a huge ball hog now when he should be deferring to Gasol and Bynum then taking over in crunch time.  Clippers gave up a quality pick, and a stud SG in Eric Gordon not to mention Aminu and Kaman.  They deserve to have CP3 on the team.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Chris Paul says he's decided on option

Stern should be given manager of the year for stacking the deck in favor of the Clips. Oh but he was working on behalf of NO> Sorry, there goes the manager of the year award out the window.


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