Chris Paul: 3 Ways to Make Him Stay with the L.A. Clippers After Next Season
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The All-NBA First Team point guard has so far declined to commit to the Clippers past the upcoming season, after which his contract is set to expire.
When the Clippers acquired Paul a mere seven months ago, it was with the hope that they could convince him to remain in L.A. long-term.
Now with Paul's future in jeopardy, here are three things the organization can do to keep the Clipper captain.
Trade for Another Superstar
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It's the era of the "Big Three" in the NBA.
Currently, the Clippers have two superstars on their roster in Paul and Blake Griffin. If that's not enough for Paul, perhaps the Clips should try and swing a deal for a third.
Dwight Howard is still on the trade block (for now) and would be a massive upgrade at center, but alas, he may be out of L.A.'s price range.
Let Paul Choose the Next Clippers Coach
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It seems like nowadays, organizations are compelled to pamper their superstars.
That includes sometimes indulging their fancy of being capable general managers.
Oftentimes teams must cater to star players' wishes of adding more talent to the roster or playing (or not playing for that matter) for a certain coach.
Perchance what's keeping Paul from inking his extension is his apprehension over playing under Vinny Del Negro for an extended period of time. Maybe if the Clippers brass cuts bait on VDN after the season and lets Paul pick the next coach, he will stay a Clipper for life.
Make a Deep Playoff Run
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The trick to keeping Chris Paul in LA may be as simple as contending for a championship next season. All stars want these days is a chance to play for a ring while living in a big market.
Being situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the Clippers already have the market thing under their belt.
Putting the right pieces around Paul to make a run at a title in 2013 will make it awfully hard for Paul to walk away from the team at season's end.