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While the Clippers are willing to do whatever it takes to convince Chris Paul to re-up this summer, sources say he
already has indicated to people that he is very happy and has no plans to leave. That fits with what several Clippers told me in training camp, including Chauncey Billups, who is very close to Paul. Something untoward could still happen between now and July 1, of course -- the Clippers have made considerable strides but it wasn't too long ago they still found ways to fumble away whatever good fortune landed in their lap -- but it makes sense: while the Western Conference is deeper than the East, that depth is built largely on old teams (San Antonio, Lakers), a team on shaky ground (Memphis) and teams that play a similar style as the Clippers (OKC, Denver) and already have a PG. Then there's that extra year of guaranteed salary that he can get from staying with the Clippers; with the new CBA expected to drive teams toward loading up on two players and divvying the scraps among the other 10, any player capable of getting the maxiest of deals would be wise to do so while he can.