It looks like Lob City will be retaining its main “lobber.” Superstar point guard Chris Paul has generally been the man passing to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan for all those high-flying alley-oops highlights- and on Sunday he confirmed to ESPN’s Chris Broussard that he will be re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, forgoing any real free agency in the process.
Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. However, those squads will have to look elsewhere for a point guard now that Paul has decided to take himself off the board.
The tipping point seemed to have been when the Clips were able to pull off a trade for former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. While former coach Vinny del Negro managed to lead the franchise to a single-season record 56 wins, most within the organization did not believe he had what it takes to lead them to the next level.
Rivers, on the other hand, has been there and done that. He led Boston to the title in 2008 and made another Finals appearance in 2010.
With “CP3” staying put in the Staples Center, Rivers will have a fantastic opportunity to get there once again.
Paul’s 37.3 minutes, 22.8 points, 6.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game all led the team in 2013, respectively.