The firing of head coach Vinny Del Negro, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, was a step in the right direction, as the Clippers will now be able to consult with Paul about the direction of the franchise.
In addition, ESPN's Arash Markazi has reported that the Clippers currently feel confident about Paul returning.
At this point, the Clippers appear to be the front-runners for Paul's services, but that won't stop a number of intriguing franchises from making their pitches in the coming weeks.
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