Chris Paul is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul announced on Friday (Feb. 24) that he is accepting his player option for the 2012-13 season, remaining on the Clippers roster for at least one more year. It had seemed like he would certainly come back for another year, but the official announcement is certainly going to make the franchise and fans feel a bit better.
Paul announced his intentions on ESPN Radio, confirming that he enjoys playing in Los Angeles with Blake Griffin. It's definitely the right move for him, especially with how well the team has been playing since he got traded there by the New Orleans Hornets. The team is at 20-14 through the first half of the 2011-12 NBA regular season, which puts the team in second place within the Pacific Division. It is very likely that the Clippers could go deep into the 2012 Western Conference Playoffs with this current roster.
Through the first chunk of the regular season, Paul is averaging 19.2 points, 8.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. That was good enough to make him a starter at the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando and certainly keeps him on one of the biggest stages in basketball by continuing to add to his legacy at Staples Center. Paul can still decide to become a free agent at the end of the 2012-13 NBA season, but the Clippers will certainly try to lock him up to a long-term contract as soon as he and his agent are willing to talk about it.
Do you think that Chris Paul is making the right decision by staying with the Los Angeles Clippers? Is this a team that every other franchise should fear in the 2012-13 NBA season?