ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that Chris Paul is angry with the LA Clippers for apparently using him as the reason for Vinny Del Negro's firing this off season. Paul is saying that he had nothing to do with Vinny's firing
"He's angry right now and his anger is directed toward the Clippers organization," the source said. "Chris is a man of principle and if he feels like you've gone against his principles, it will affect how he feels about you. He's very agitated that his name has been put out there as the reason for Vinny's firing. He had nothing to do with it."
I can't put my finger on Chris Paul sometimes. He always comes across as a good guy to the public, but there have been a lot of things that have been whispered behind the scenes that make him come across as a diva behind closed doors with a false public facade.
We will never know if he actually had anything to do with the Vinny Del Negro firing. I wouldn't put it past the poorly run Clippers to put this out there because they just canned the most successful single season coach in the history of their franchise. Now, the Clippers are apparently talking with Chris Paul favorite Byron Scott about their coaching job.
Either way, this clearly opens up the potential of Chris Paul coming to Atlanta even more than it already was. Is he mad enough at the Clippers to turn down more money from them than he could get anywhere else?
Plus, the Clippers can offer him a five-year, $108 million deal, $28 million more than any other club. But the source said he would not put it past Paul to turn down more money if he feels strongly that he's been slighted.