Chris Paul reportedly would not sign an extension with the Boston Celtics if he were traded to the team. (ESPN)
All of the chatter about Boston’s interest in Chris Paul is a moot point because the All-Star point guard will not sign a long-term contract extension with the Celtics, according to a person close to the situation.
Paul, who will become a free agent after the coming season, essentially has veto power over any trade because no team will give up valuable assets for him without assurance that it can sign him for the next several years.
Of course he wouldn’t. There’s a simple formula for signing extensions:
Boston’s uncertain future + Boston’s weather + Boston’s racial history + it’s not New York + the possibility of playing with Jeff Green for years to come = refusing to sign an extension
Paul has spent enough time playing with the Willie Greens, Marco Belinellis and Marcus Bankses of the NBA world. He wants a contender, so it would take something drastic for him to sign an extension in Boston. It would take Danny Ainge selling him on a vision. It would take proving the Celtics can be title contenders every season. It would take a serious campaign, perhaps luring Dwight Howard, and definitely assuring Paul that he could still Skype with Melo.
It’s a long shot, but hey: it’s happened before.