Chris Paul ‘Angry’ At Los Angeles Clippers; May Consider Leaving L.A.
The Los Angeles Clippers may be in trouble with their superstar point guard potentially wanting to leave town in free agency after being blamed for the team parting ways with head coach Vinny Del Negro. It was rumored throughout the 2012-13 NBA regular season that Paul didn’t see eye-to-eye with Del Negro and as a result would not be retained by the team in the off-season.
With Del Negro’s contract expiring, the consensus was the team would either re-sign him to a long-term lucrative deal or gauge the interest of Paul in terms of whether or not he wanted Del Negro back next season. Obviously, with Paul set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, the team was going all in with the perennial All-Star or the team would look completely different moving forward.
Fortunately for the Clippers, Blake Griffin is already locked up with a five-year deal, but Paul is the heart and soul of this team. The Clipper are coming off the best season in franchise history winning 56 games and winning the Pacific Division title for the first time in the team’s history.
Winning the season series with the division rival Los Angeles Lakers (4-0) was impressive to say the least, but setting the mark for wins in a season while also coming out on top in the Pacific proved to be the icing on the cake.
Although Paul is favored to return to the Clippers in Las Vegas odds and for good reason, the speculation continues to run rampant with free agent rapidly approaching.
Reportedly, Paul was unhappy with the way the Clippers handled the Del Negro situation and the blame directed toward him for the team letting him go. Although Del Negro wasn’t technically fired, it was clear the head coach wasn’t well liked by the players and Paul leading to the team’s decision to part ways.