ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chris Paul confirmed to ESPN Radio Friday at the NBA All-Star Game that he intends to pick up his option to play with the Clippers in the 2012-2013 season.
When Paul was traded to the Clippers from New Orleans in December it was with the idea that if things didn't work out the way he wanted, he could opt out of the option and become a restricted free agent. But he said likes his life as a Clipper.
"I'm on West Coast time," he said at a taping of Meet the All-Stars, which airs on ESPN Radio at 6 p.m. ET Saturday. "I wake up every day and the sun's out and its beautiful and basketball's not going too bad at all, either."
The Clippers are third in the Western Conference behind Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Paul, who will play in his fifth All-Star game Sunday, said he believes the organization, and general manager Neil Olshey, are committed to building the franchise beyond just this season and that he has complete confidence in his teammates.
"(Coach) Vinny (Del Negro) is always telling me be aggressive, be aggressive, go score, go score . I realize I have the ball so much that I can get a shot anytime that I want to but, it's not an individual game. I need to make sure my teammates know I'll find them. Even in the fourth quarter may be a situation where a defender comes over, I have to know that my teammates know I'm a willing passer."
Paul, who is averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game this season, also said he has worked hard to improve defensively.
"That's what I think about all day, every day is how are we gonna stop this team," he said. "It's frustrating (to them) when a team can't score. They get mad. Everyone talks about offense, but I pride myself on defense."