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Report: Paul to stay with Clippers

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All the rumors about point guard Chris Paul leaving the Los Angeles Clippers might have been put to rest before the NBA's free agency period begins Monday.

Paul's representatives have informed teams hoping to possibly attract the All-Star that he will re-sign with the Clippers, ESPN.com reported Saturday night.

Reports in the past few weeks indicated that Paul's chances of leaving the Clippers was slight, but there were rumors linking him to a possible move with Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, soon to be a free agent, to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Clippers bringing in Doc Rivers as coach this past week to replace Vinny Del Negro appeared to appease Paul, who has received public blame for forcing Del Negro's departure.

Paul, 28, completed his second season with the Clippers averaging 16.9 points and 9.7 assists in 70 regular-season games. The season came to a disappointing end when the Clippers were eliminated from the Western Conference playoffs in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies.
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