US PresswireThe Boston Celtics are "willing to trade Rajon Rondo and perhaps Glen Davis" to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul, the Boston Herald reports. However, the 26-year-old Paul doesn't want to join the Celts, the paper reports, and won't sign an extension with the team if he is traded there.
Two other teams that would like to snag Paul are also dealing with the news that he doesn't plan on signing extensions with them, either. NBA.com reports that Paul doesn't want to "commit to signing a contract extension after this season with either the Golden State Warriors or Los Angeles Clippers."
The Los Angeles Lakers are also going after Paul and "it was not known Wednesday if Paul had similar reluctance to sign an extension" with them, NBA.com reports. His resistance to sign an extension will make trading him more difficult.
Don't take it personally, fans of the Celts, Warriors and Clippers. Paul's refusal to sign extensions with those teams may purely be a financial decision. NBA.com points out that if Paul were to sign an extension, with the way his current contract and the CBA are structured, he would only guarantee himself $74 million through 2014-15. If he becomes a free agent next summer, he can sign on for a five-year deal for $102 million for whatever team he is playing with at the time.