Paul staying in LA, Howard hears pitches to leave
Chris Paul’s answer was brief, just like his time on the free agent market.
“I’M IN!!!” he wrote Monday on Twitter.
He will be staying with the Clippers, the longtime losers he helped turned into a division champion in just two seasons.
Dwight Howard will need more time to think.
Agent Leon Rose confirmed Paul’s return, which had been expected after the Clippers signed Doc Rivers as their new coach. The Clippers can pay the two-time Olympic gold medalist around $108 million for five years.
Howard can make even more by staying with the Lakers, but that won’t stop him from looking elsewhere.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wrote on Twitter that it was a great meeting with Howard and that having Olajuwon and Drexler there “made it obvious how (Howard and Harden) could be the next (great) big/wing combo.”
And he’ll meet Tuesday with the Lakers’ delegation. His first _ perhaps only _ season in Los Angeles was a disappointment and he acknowledged being unhappy at times. But the Lakers want to keep the former Defensive Player of the Year, believing the extra year and about $30 million more they can give him will provide a huge advantage.
“(Dwight Howard) we’re coming for you,” he wrote. “You’re going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs!”
Contracts can’t be signed until July 10, after the next season’s salary cap has been set.