Paul staying with the Los Angeles Clippers

All-Star point guard opts to stay to play with new coach Rivers
07/01/2013 12:38 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Free-agent point guard Chris Paul has decided to stay with the Clippers.(AP)
It didn’t take long for one of the biggest NBA free agents to come off the board.

According to reports, minutes after the NBA league year began on Monday, point guard Chris Paul verbally agreed to a five-year, $107 million deal to re-up with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The All-Star point guard cannot officially sign the contract until the signing moratorium is lifted on July 10, but Paul may have confirmed the reports with a Tweet Monday morning that he was still a part of “Clipper Nation.”

The reported deal comes less than a week after the Clippers “acquired” head coach Doc Rivers, sending a future draft pick to Boston in exchange for the team letting Rivers out of the final three years of his deal and satiating Paul’s apparent desire to have Rivers coach him in Hollywood. Paul, 28, averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, and a league-leading 2.4 steals per game last season.
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