The Clippers may find that they don't like Chris Paul when he's angry. And, according to Chris Broussard's sources, the superstar point guard is "angry right now."
Citing an unnamed source described as "close to the situation," Chris Broussard of ESPN reported that CP3 is upset with the Clippers after being implicated in the team's decision to part ways with head coach Vinny Del Negro. The source told Broussard that he wouldn't rule out Paul, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, signing with another team if he felt slighted.
The Clippers announced earlier in May that Del Negro would not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of June.
T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times asked Clippers owner Donald Sterling if the decision to not offer Del Negro a new contract was made to "just to hang on to Chris Paul."
"I always want to be honest and not say anything that is not true. So I'd rather not say anything," Sterling replied.
Simers also asked Sterling if he was "off base" in wondering that the decision about Del Negro was made "because the players are now calling the shots."
"No, you're not off base," Sterling told Simers. "This is a players' league, and, unfortunately, if you want to win you have to make the players happy. Don't you think that's true?"
UPDATE: In response to Broussard's report, Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks said the decision to part ways with Del Negro "was an organizational decision from the top down," Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN Los Angeles reports.