The Los Angeles Clippers' front office showed the kind of urgency this summer that you might expect from an organization doing everything within its power to keep a franchise player around for a while longer.
And of course, that's exactly what it was trying to do.
With former Laker Matt Barnes on his way to the Clippers, L.A.'s new-look bench will feature the likes of Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf–a vastly improved unit when compared to last season's reserves.
Paul, who carries more Clippers clout than ever these days because of his looming free agency in 2013, has been included in the team's decision-making process throughout the summer and would love to make Barnes the latest addition.
CP3 isn't yet in desperation-mode, but at 27, his opportunities to compete for a title are looking increasingly finite. His abilities to make meaningful contributions to such a title run won't last forever either.
From the Clippers' standpoint, Paul represents the best chance this team has at contending, and he wouldn't be easy to replace.
Keeping Paul happy is the difference between another bout of rebuilding and taking advantage of power forward Blake Griffin's best years by ensuring he isn't the only superstar in the locker room.
Paul's situation isn't at all unprecedented. Franchise-defining superstars are treated like royalty, and in some cases, they probably deserve to be. Here's a look at seven stars who've earned the Chris Paul treatment.