Five years, 107 million dollars.
That’s how much it’s costing the L.A. Clippers to keep Chris Paul in red, white and blue for the next few years. And it might be one of the stupidest moves of all time in the realm of professional sports contracts.
Don’t read that wrong. I’m not suggesting CP3 is anything less than spectacular. He is arguably the greatest point guard in the NBA, and probably the world. His play has earned a big money ask, but considering the Clippers organizational perspective: 107 million over five years? That’s a cool 21.4 million dollars on average annually. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of pie for anyone else.
Details of the deal have yet to be released, including the potential bonus incentives for playoff or championship runs. It just seems there may not be a whole lot of realistic running for championships without additional financial assets to build a solid squad around the all-star point guard. The guys in place around Paul are big potential guys, but one can safely assume their reaching maximum potential will also result in a desired maximum payday.
This may be good business for putting people in the seats, but it’s bad business for winning championships. The Clippers are built for regular season fun, and a good amount of wins, but when it comes to playoff mettle, they’re sorely lacking. Doc Rivers may solve a few existing problems quickly, but now’s he’s got another one on his plate, and it’s a biggie.