With the addition of point guard Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers will have high expectations for the future, but for how long?
With Chris Paul not previously displaying any interest in wanting to be a member of the Clippers, it has seemed it is willing to give the Clippers a shot.
Chris Paul will earn $16.3 million this season and has informed the team that he will pick up his option for the 2012-13 season, in which he will earn nearly $18 million.
After nearly a week of trade rumors and trade offers being sent to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, the Clippers were able to seal the deal.
“We knew if we walked away this time we risked losing the deal,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said.
The Clippers sent center Chris Kaman, guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, and a first round pick to the Hornets for Chris Paul and two future second round picks.
“By moving Chris Kaman I think we are a little bit light at the (center position), we need a big to come in between DeAndre (Jordan) and defend the low post,” Olshey said.
The Clippers were able to resign center DeAndre Jordan during the week.
The Clippers also claimed veteran point guard Chauncey Billups off of waivers after he was waived by the Knicks.
The team also signed forward Caron Butler to a three year deal on Dec. 8th.
The Clippers will be contenders to win the western conference under Paul, and rising superstar Blake Griffin.
The Clippers open the season on the road against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day and the cross town rival, Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 14th.
Paul will face his former team on the road against the Hornets for the first time on Mar 22 and play them again four days later at home on Mar 26th.