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Old 05-22-2012, 03:58 AM   #4
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Clippers Intent To Keep Paul/Blake

Griffin is eligible to sign an extension with the organization this summer or he could become a restricted free agent after next season, while Paul is under contract only for one more year.

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The Clippers say they are confident they'll be able to retain both players for a long time.

"I feel those things are going to get done," Clippers president Andy Roeser told "The important thing is that we have to do other things to improve the team. But I believe we'll do those things and ultimately I believe those two players (Griffin and Paul) are going to play out their careers here."

Griffin is eligible to sign a five-year extension on July 1 and the Clippers will offer it to him. When asked about his intentions, Griffin said he hadn't considered them yet.

"I haven't given it one ounce of thought," Griffin said. "That's been the furthest thing from my mind, honestly. I know that's kind of the popular thing to say, but I haven't thought about it. I'll get to that when it comes."

Paul wasn't asked directly about his future intentions, but a source close to the situation said he has given the team indications he intends to stay long term.

Still, it is believed that both players are curious to see what the organization will be able to do to bolster the roster this offseason. The team clearly needs help at the shooting guard position and consistent outside shooters who can space the floor.

"(Clippers owner Donald Sterling) has committed unlimited resources to this team," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey told late Sunday night. "We intend to exhaust all avenues in our quest to build a championship-caliber organization."

Mo Williams To Opt In
One player who won't be going anywhere, at least of his own volition, is guard Mo Williams, who told that he did not intent to opt out of his $8.5 million player option for next season.

"No," Williams said when asked if he would opt out this summer. "I can tell you that right now."

Williams had a solid season (13.2 points, 3.1 assists) despite coming off the bench, and mostly out of position as a shooting guard. Still, he's part of a glut of point guards on the Clippers roster that could be used to upgrade at other positions via trade.

"This is my first time in this position. I don't think about it when I'm playing," Williams said. "I haven't thought about it. I pay a good man 4 percent of my money, so he'll make a good decision for me."

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