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With the 2012-13 season winding down, nobody's making much noise about Chris Paul's contract. He's arguably the game's best point guard on one of the top teams out West, and people have seemingly forgotten that he's set to become a free agent.
Nobody wants to think about it, but if the 27-year-old decides to leave the Los Angeles Clippers, it will spell trouble for the energetic franchise.
The Clippers have an incredibly deep roster, and it can be argued that they'd remain relevant without their superstar. The question, though, becomes how long until that depth disappears with Paul?
Between the 2013 and 2014 offseasons, this team will have Matt Barnes, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe—among others—up for new deals. Without Paul leading the way, you have to wonder how many will want to come back.
The way things are going for this group, it'd be surprising to see Paul go elsewhere, but stranger things have happened in a league full of surprises.