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Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:55 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 10:59 am
By Matt Moore 

And just like that, another swing in the momentum. As rumors of Rajon Rondo being traded from the Boston Celtics in their pursuit of acquiring Chris Paul hit a fever pitch, is reporting that Paul will not sign a long-term extension with the Celtics, which is supposed to shut off any further discussion of a trade. 

Except that under the terms of the new CBA, this gets a bit more complicated. If Paul were to agree to an extend-and-trade with the Celtics, he would be limited to just a three-year extension, only two after his option year next year. That's a remarkably short contract for a player battling a knee issue looking for the big pay-off contract. If he were to be traded to Boston, he would have to wait six months to sign the full extension, which is only for four years. Conversely, if Paul were to enter free agency, whatever team he was playing for athe end of the season would have his Bird rights and could re-sign him to a five-year contract, the most he can get. Any other team, like, say, the New York Knicks (since their acquisition of him during the season is unlikely), would be able to sign him to a four-year deal. In short. signing an extension now makes zero sense.

But at the same time, we have a precedent set, and that precedent does not bode well for the Celtics. When Carmelo Anthony launched his covert (OK, it was louder than a C-130) plan to get to New York last year, the Nets were interested. And maintained interest. And kept pitching. But early on, reports surfaced that Anthony would not sign an extension with the Nets. They kept trying and trying, but Anthony maintained that the only team he'd sign an extension with was the Knicks. Eventually, that's where he was traded. 

Now we have reports saying Paul wants to go to New York, and the Celtics trying to talk him into coming to Boston, including trying to acquire more assets to help a deal along. And now there's a report early on that Paul won't sign an extension there. Boston is, in no way, New Jersey, but the pattern is still alarmingly similar. Might be time for the Celtics to go back to their usual line of "We love Rondo, we'd never trade him," despite all indications to the contrary.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:42 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Doesn't matter.  CP's knee won't hold up for the next 2 years let alone 4 or 5.  Guaranteed!

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:18 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

please dont comment unless who have a clue what u are talking about... im gonna say this for the last time so that all tarts out there can understand! the players have been ready to play since day 1.. u following me so far? they were locked out, not on strike..! still with me? and the players gave back 300 million dollars a year, which will be 3 billion by the time the deal is over..! so how the hell are they gready?? go say that about the baseball players who have 100 million dollar deals in a non contact sport... and all the nfl players who sit out till they make more money! why is it always the nba players? u need to do your homework before u respond

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:55 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

WHO CARES, greedy players who made a deal, there was no choice, they were never going the whole season without playing, as much as they tried to have people believe it. basketball, lol, go Liberty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:51 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

THIS  is what makes the NBA exciting says a MIAMI HEAT FAN ! however NBA wants the BUZZ to reach a fever pitch by christmas all in all i think it will there best NBA season ratings wise as the LBJ and MIAMI HEAT WIN IT ALL 

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:20 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

BRock2145 said it all. The Celtics and Chris Paul aren't a good fit. It's the Knicks he wants. Or maybe the Lakers pull a few strings and Chris Paul can join his friend Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. The NBA: Where parity happens. Wink

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:55 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Agreed. Two blocks and one steal are three plays per game. That means nothing. He's a terrible defender, just like Carmello is a terrible defender.

Anyway, there are only two reasons I can think of to explain Paul's refusal to sign an extension in Boston:

1. the Celtics are a year away from being really, really bad.
2. Boston's well-known and well-deserved reputation as a racist town.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:45 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics


Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:41 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Did someone just say Amare doesn't play D? You need to check your stat lines bud. Amare averaged nearly 2 blocks a game AND had close to 1 steal every time he played last year.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:31 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

The irony to me is that Rondo would probably be a better PG option for the Knicks than Chris Paul. Paul is awesome, but he's a shooter before he's a passer and, as someone else pointed out, he has the same problem as Amare and Melo as far os their spotty defense goes. Rondo, on the other hand, would be more willing to give up the ball to Amare and Melo, while also picking up some of their slack on the defensive end.

As for the idea of Chris Paul in Green......I tend to side with those who say it ain't happening.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:24 pm

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

To be honest with you, your comments are way off basis. I just want to get this right, your saying if the Knicks had Melo, CP3 and STAT they would be doormats? Do I have that clear? If so, you shouldn't watch basketball any longer as your brain is becoming less and less effective for you to interact with the rest of us. CP3 will bring order to the court each night that they desparately need to compete for a championship. His talents at the 1 position is undeniable and is what Melo and Amare need to thrive. Although Rondo is talented, he is a liability on the offensive side with his poor outside shot. And yes he makes it up in other areas, but CP3 he is not. Knicks a doormat if they acquire CP3, what a joke you are.

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