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Chris Paul Contract: Latest News, Rumors on Negotiations with Clippers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul can become a free agent at the conclusion of the season, and a massive deal will likely be needed to keep him in L.A.

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According to ESPN.com's Zach Lowe, it is expected that CP3 will demand a full, five-year max contract to remain with the Clips.

Per Spotrac, there is an early-termination clause in Paul's contract that will allow him to hit the open market during the offseason if he and the Clippers don't strike a deal before then.

The 31-year-old veteran is in the midst of another strong season with per-game averages of 17.9 points, 8.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds.

While those numbers qualify him as an elite point guard, they are slightly down from his statistical output in the scoring and assists departments in comparison to the past three years.

The nine-time All-Star is a huge reason for L.A.'s 14-5 start, although the team has struggled of late, as evidenced by a three-game losing streak.

Although the Clippers perennially finish among the top teams in the Western Conference, that regular-season success has yet to translate into postseason triumphs. Los Angeles is a perfect 5-of-5 in playoff berths during Paul's tenure, but it hasn't advanced past the second round.

That suggests the Clippers may need to shake up their roster in order to reach the next level, but doing so could be difficult if they retain both Paul and superstar power forward Blake Griffin, who is in a similar contract situation as CP3.

Paul's body of work makes it abundantly clear he is among the NBA's best players, but L.A. committing to him over the long term is a move that may hamper its ability to improve elsewhere and could shorten its championship window if his skills start to decline.

       

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