According to Grantland’s Bill Simmons, Chris Paul informed the Clippers he was going to team up with Dwight Howard and sign with the Houston Rockets when the Doc Rivers trade talks were initially presumed “dead.” Luckily for the Clippers, they were able to land Doc Rivers and lock down their All-Star point guard with a 5-year, $107 million contract extension.
To Chris Paul, who basically told the Clippers that after they squashed the first incarnation of their Doc Rivers trade. Chris didn’t like that. He let them know he was heading to Houston to team up with Dwight. And he wasn’t kidding. For about 36 hours, Morey probably felt like all 11 guys in Ocean’s Eleven. You know what happened next: The Clippers blinked, the Doc trade got revived and finished, and the Clippers were offering Chris 107 million reasons to play for him. Crisis averted. The lesson, as always: Chris Paul runs the Clippers.
h/t Real GM