Chris Paul set to buy Avril Lavigne’s $8.5 million mansion

It's no big secret that athletes and musicians travel in the same circles and lead fairly similar lives. They also make similar salaries, at least at the highest levels, and can therefore afford similar luxuries. For instance, when one sells a home worth around $8.5 million, another will probably pop up to buy it. Whether the seller is the musician or the buyer is the athlete, or vice-versa, depends on the situation.

So it should not come as much surprise that Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is in line to purchase punk-pop songstress Avril Lavigne's very expensive mansion. Nevertheless, it's mildly notable and a good opportunity for stupid jokes. Here are the important details from the gossip merchants at (via EOB):

Sources tell us ... Paul fell in love with the 12,184 square foot place, which Avril originally listed for $9.5 mil and decided he had to make a move.

The mansion -- located in a hoity-toity private community called Bel Air Crest -- includes 8 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, 10-car garage, gym, sauna and a covered outdoor living room.

You can check out one photo of the home above and see the rest in this TMZ gallery. After the jump, enjoy a bunch of silly puns and Avril-based humor.

According to this report, the real estate deal was not so complicated -- no one acted like they were somebody else to get the other side frustrated. They obviously promised each other they would never fake it.

In all seriousness, though, this is a notable moment for the Clippers, if only because Paul seems to be signalling he will not be saying "see you later, boy" to them in two years as previously feared. Can I make it any more obvious?

Best of luck to Paul, who will most likely start wearing strategically torn clothes from Hot Topic and dyeing small patches of his hair pink any day now.

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