Los Angeles Clippers: 5 Ways Lob City Can Extend CP3
Fans either basked in the joy of acquiring a superstar that would remove the status of the little brother of Los Angeles, or fans thought of this as a temporary relief from constantly missing the playoffs. The temporary relief is due to the fact that the Clippers have not signed Chris Paul to a long term extension which would allow Paul to leave at the end of the 2012-13 season.
But, all is not lost in Lob City. There are plenty of things that the Clippers organization can do to extend CP3 and make him a Clipper for the rest of his career.
Make It Paul’s Team
Before suffering his season-ending Achilles injury, Chauncey Billups was the veteran leader of the young Clippers team. His chemistry with the young players did wonders, but if Chris Paul intends to stay in Los Angeles, he must take over the leadership role.
The incentive of becoming the team's leader can surely result in the Clippers locking in Paul for the rest of his career.
The league has very few elite point cards that can dominate a game like Chris Paul. Blake Griffin is also a candidate to be the Clippers' captain, but still needs to develop his game more for this to happen.
Dominant Big Men
Even with the post presence of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul can take over a game if he wanted to. And, he occasionally has done this. Giving him more scoring opportunities only solidifies his role as the Clippers' unquestioned leader.
In fact, having such a productive unit in the paint can prevent Chris Paul from being double-teamed, increasing his likelihood to shoot at will.
Griffin and Jordan are still young players, and they can only get better, especially with Chris Paul as point guard.
It's All About the Money
If Paul plays out the rest of the season without signing a contract extension, he becomes a free agent.
However, this doesn't necessarily mean that he is taking his talents anywhere else.
If Chris Paul needs more reasons to stay, Clippers management can give him millions. By re-signing with the clippers at the end of the 2012-13 season, he can get a five-year $108 million contract, according to ESPN.com. He can’t get a deal like that anywhere else.
It is definitely easier said than done, but the sure-fire way for the Clippers to keep Chris Paul after the 2012-13 season is by winning.
Yes, the dominant Los Angeles Lakers may prevent them from winning the division, but they can still compete for a favorable matchup if they make the playoffs. Wins are definitely the cure for almost anything in professional sports. The mere opportunity of making the Western Conference finals can be so enticing to Paul, that he could decide to stay in Los Angeles.
By staying in Los Angeles to compete with the Lakers, Chris Paul will show no fear in competing with the best.
Become the Clippers’ Savior
If the money and the leadership role does not convince Chris Paul to stay with the Clippers, then the rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers will surely do it.
It’s no surprise that the Lakers are the favorites, not only in the Pacific division but the entire Western Conference. Beating the mighty Lakers might be the only reason Chris Paul should get a contract extension.
In fact, if Paul is able to accomplish this daunting task, he can be regarded as the savior to the cursed Clipper franchise that has been a virtual lock to make the lottery since its inception.