The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the top contenders in the Western Conference in large part due to the terrific play of Chris Paul. While the star point guard would love to focus on the current season, questions about free agency keep getting raised, even though he's unsure what the future holds.
T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times reported that Paul, who's scheduled to be a free agent at season's end, still hasn't made a decision about where he'll play next season despite rumors and speculation to the contrary:
"No, I haven't decided what I am going to do next season, and no, I haven't told anyone what I'm going to do."
The statement from Paul comes a week after Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported the All-Star Game MVP was planning to re-sign with the Clippers, which would include a max deal and a role in the team's decision-making process:
He's planning to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, punctuating his pick-and-roll partnership with Blake Griffin with a maximum contract extension and final say about every move their franchise now makes.
While Simers admitted that outcome remains a possibility, especially because the Clippers can offer him a bigger contract than he can get on the open market, it's far from a done deal.
Paul is having another tremendous season in his second year with the Clippers. He's averaging 16 points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals while shooting 48 percent from the field.
He's the driving force behind a dangerous Clippers squad, which is right there with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder in the West. His ability to run the "Lob City" offense so effectively has taken Los Angeles to another level.
Losing him to free agency is obviously a nightmare scenario for the Clippers. They will do everything in their power to keep him, but it's ultimately his decision. The fact he's not prepared to commit to a future with the team yet has to make fans at least a little bit uneasy.
Paul will probably keep his options open until after the Clippers' playoff run ends, which he hopes will be after winning the NBA title. Until then, the team's front office will remain on edge.