Chris Paul is nearing the end of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and will be a free agent this offseason. There were some that floated out the idea that he would potentially return to New Orleans and play with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Imagine Cousins and Davis on the fast break being fed a precision pass by Paul as one of them finish with ease. Well, that thought may just have to stay in the dreams of many.
It has been reported that Chris Paul will not make it long in free agency and will return to the Los Angeles Clippers on a deal that could pay him over $200 million for the length of it. Now if anyone has taken a look at the Clippers, you will recognize that they aren’t exactly a team that many think will make a run for a title. Blake Griffin and Paul are becoming players more known as injury-prone than known for being star players and the Clippers still have not figured out the small forward position. Along with that, the history of this team seems to always catch up to them at the wrong times. With all that being said, you would think that Chris Paul would want to go somewhere else, as the Clippers don’t look to be title worthy anytime soon. But the power of the M-O-N-E-Y, always calls. Do you want it more than you want to win or do you want to be known as a winner with a title ring to your name? There are many that have been faced with the same decision. Some have taken less money, wanting that validation among fans and within themselves. Then there are others that have taken the money and taken care of themselves. Herein lies the issue that many fans that watch the game have.
As soon as Chris Paul opts out of his current deal and signs his new deal this summer, there will be plenty questioning his desire to win. After all, he could have gone elsewhere to win and taken less money than he will be given in Clipperland. But if many were faced with the same decision, the decision would go a little bit differently. First, there would be a shocked face at the amount that was being offered more than likely. Next, the following words will be uttered: “Where do I sign?” There will be plenty that will continually deny this will be the order of things, but when an insane amount of money is thrown their face, there is a very small percentage of people that would turn that amount down. For those that say they will turn it down, I still would not believe they would if that was the choice for them to make. Those that would sign (which is almost everyone) would think of all the security that money would by for the rest of their family and generations after them. The losing would hurt, but the money would make things easier.
Chris Paul’s decision will be scrutinized by many fans that see him sign his big deal. Of course, there will be some that will understand. They will get that he cannot play forever and these kinds of contracts don’t grow on trees. But there will be others that will have their hands in Chris’ pockets, saying he has made enough and that he should sacrifice some of that money for the right to win. Whatever you choose is all within what you want to choose. As for Paul, the Luchini may as well be falling from the sky for him. He isn’t waiting to get rich, he is rich. As he proceeds to sign his new deal this summer.
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