Report: Chris Paul has already verbally agreed to re-sign with Clippers
The Clippers are approaching a pivotal offseason with both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin entering unrestricted free agency.
Drama in LA?
The team already did its part, pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to re-sign those two stars. Now, it appears the players are getting in line.
Griffin reportedly plans to re-sign quickly this summer. And it seems Paul will follow suit.
If Paul demands the biggest deal possible -- and why wouldn’t he? -- it projects to be worth more than $207 million over five years.
But he can’t sign until July. That leaves the door open for things to sour with the Clippers and other teams to make pitches. Planning to re-sign is one -- important -- thing. Actually doing it is another.
The Clippers should turn their attention to J.J. Redick, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. They’ll have his Bird Rights, so they can exceed the cap to re-sign him. However, capped out even if he leaves, they will have no mechanism to adequately replace him.
A team with Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can’t afford to take that large of a step back. If Paul and Griffin re-sign, that gives Redick tremendous leverage.