Is Chris Paul Making The Right Decision By Re-Signing With The Clippers?
Chris Paul is going to be a Los Angeles Clipper for a long, long time. Well, in the grand scheme of things, he’s only going to be with the Clippers for the next four or five seasons, depending on how well things go. But because CP3 is in the prime of his career right now, he’s going to spend the best years of his career—the next few years—with the Clippers. Early Monday morning, he made the decision to re-sign with Los Angeles and will sign a five-year, $107 million contract extension on July 10 when he’s eligible to do so. Did he make the right decision, though? Are the Clippers the team that he should have signed with this offseason?
Just a few years ago, that would have been an incredibly silly question. The Clippers were absolutely awful before CP3 joined the roster and gave them a sudden jolt of energy. But these days, the Clips are the best team in La La Land. They’re young, they’re fun, and they’re everything that the Lakers are not at the present moment. So it’s pretty easy to understand why CP3 chose the Clippers over his other options. It’s clear that the Clippers have a lot of things going for them, and their new head coach Doc Rivers is going to do everything he can to put the right pieces together to make the Clippers a contender. It might take a little bit of time, but the Clippers are definitely headed in the right direction.
The only problem is that there are a lot of other teams in the NBA headed in the right direction, too. From the obvious teams like the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder—who will be right back in the mix next season once Russell Westbrook returns from injury—to whichever team Dwight Howard signs with and the Brooklyn Nets, the Clippers are going to have a lot of hurdles to climb in order to make it to and win a championship in the coming years. In fact, they’re never going to be favorites to win a ‘chip as long as the Heat and Thunder are still around. But that doesn’t mean that CP3 is wrong for signing with them.
Rather than chasing a ring, CP3 is trying to build something special with the Clippers. He’s trying to leave a real legacy and do something epic in L.A. He’s trying to turn the Clippers into a powerhouse. And there’s absolutely no shame in that. Even if he fails and isn’t able to win with the Clippers, he can always say he tried. That wouldn’t be good enough with a lot of other NBA teams. But in Clipper Land, that’s all that they can ask for right now. And we can’t wait to see him try.