NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Chris Paul's agent plans to travel to New Orleans on Wednesday with the intention of completing a contract extension that would keep the All-Star and Team USA point guard with the Hornets for an additional three to five years.
Lance Young, a senior director of the sports marketing and management company Octagon, said Tuesday that he had spoken to Hornets general manager Jeff Bower by phone and that they were in general agreement on the terms of an extension for Paul, who has one season remaining on his current contract.
``We seem to be pretty much on same page,'' Young said. ``A little tweak here and there and we'll probably get it done in the next 48 hours.''
Paul is seeking the maximum pay allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement, or about 25 percent of the NBA salary cap with 10 percent raises going forward. Such a deal would pay Paul from $60 million to more than $80 million, depending on the length of the contract.
``It could be three, four, or five years. We haven't really got into any details yet,'' Young said. ``Chris wants to stay with the Hornets. It just depends on how long he's going to be there.''
Tuesday marked the first day NBA teams could begin negotiations with free agents or current players who are seeking extensions.
Last season, Paul's averages of 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game led the NBA. He was second in MVP voting to the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
Paul also was the Hornets' second-leading scorer, averaging 21.1 points per game in helping the Hornets reach a franchise-record 56 regular season victories.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Trail Blazers vs. Nets Pick Will the host Brooklyn Nets take advantage of the early start time when they play the Brooklyn Nets...
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Kings Pick Are the Los Angeles Lakers going to win for a second straight night when they play at the Sacramento Kings tonight at...
Thumbnail Spurs vs. Pelicans Pick Are the San Antonio Spurs going to notch a win at the the host New Orleans Pelicans...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Thunder Pick Are the Golden State Warriors going to waltz into the home arena of the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight and pick up a win against the spread? Game time is 8PM...

NBA Team Pages