The Los Angeles Clippers were very reluctant to part with a lot of their assets to try and make a bid for point guard Chris Paul. One of the reasons is that Paul has a player option for the 2012 season, meaning he would have been able to opt out after this season, meaning the Clippers would have been on eggshells this offseason about whether Paul would come back or not.
It appears that one of the conditions for this trade is that Paul will opt in, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. This guarantees that he'll be in Los Angeles for two seasons. This confirms the Clippers are going to have two years to convince Paul he should be with the team for the long haul. Much better than one, that's for sure!
They certainly have a lot of players. Not only does Los Angeles have Blake Griffin as their emerging superstar, but veteran guard Chauncey Billups, talented backup point Eric Bledsoe, power forward DeAndre Jordan, plus decent talent like Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes. Not at all bad for Paul. Can you say title contender?
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