Pacific Notes: Paul, Clippers, Kings, Jackson

Chris Paul has kept mum on his future so far, but he may have dropped some very telling hints when speaking to reporters this afternoon.  The Clippers star remarked that guard Eric Bledsoe is likely going to wind up elsewhere next year because the club won't have enough money to sign him, tweets Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  The way that Paul spoke of Bledsoe's future leads Markazi to believe (link) that Paul intends on staying in L.A. for the long-term.  It's also worth noting that Bledsoe isn't a free agent this summer – he's under contract next season for $2.6MM.  However, the Clippers are expected to shop him when/if Paul re-signs (link).  Here's more out of the Pacific.. 

  • An NBA owner expressed his doubts to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com about Sacramento's bid for the Kings, saying, "The check's in the mail, and that's not good enough. The check's got to arrive."  Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson nonetheless believes most owners were "blown away" by the competitiveness of the city's offer, as well as the fast pace at which its come together.
  • Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News (on Twitter) notes that the three-year, $28MM extension that Stephen Jackson signed with the Warriors is just expiring now after four trades and one release.
  • Ike Diogu began the season in training camp with the Suns and played 41 games with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.  Now, he's headed to Puerto Rico to play with Leones de Ponce, Sportando's Emiliano Carchia reports. 

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