[caption id="attachment_17023" align="aligncenter" width="389"] Offtherecord.com[/caption] Clippers fans should be ecstatic that the team re-signed point guard Chris Paul to a five-year, $107 million deal and have every reason to expect big things in 2013-14. He revealed the news of the re-signing himself vial Twitter. https://twitter.com/CP3/status/351723809063190531 The six-time All Star was phenomenal during the 2012-13 season, averaging 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game. With Paul at the helm the Clippers finished the season with a 56-26 record, a record for the franchise that entered the playoffs as the 4th seed. With the decline of the Los Angeles Lakers, the return of Paul almost ensures the Clippers will dominate the Pacific and seriously challenge for the Western Conference. They're set to become THAT team in Los Angeles, a tempting situation for the point guard. For the veteran Paul to stay, the Clippers needed to ensure they'd be able to win in the postseason. In their last two trips to the playoffs the Clippers couldn't do any better than the second round, the team needs to take the next step and challenge the conference. It was their playoff performance was a large factor in the team's decision to fire coach Vinny Del Negro. They felt to go deeper into the playoffs they needed to hire a championship caliber coach. Almost by coincidence, they also needed to make a change at coach to help retain Paul. Make no mistake, the Clippers' move to hire Doc Rivers from the Celtics (giving up a first round pick and paying him $21 million over three years) was a major factor in Paul's decided to re-sign with the Clippers. Since the hiring of Rivers, the announcement today was all but a formality. Now set with Paul, Griffin (who got his own new contract last season) and Rivers the Clippers are on the cusp of being a powerhouse in the West. That's not all either, with their moves this offseason the Clippers should be able to attract some more elite talent, if not this year, then the next. The Clippers are clearly a team on the rise, and the lure of Los Angeles is strong for any free agent. Perhaps a quality veteran shooter or defender for the wing. With the core they have the Clippers should be able to hire a veteran to a team-friendly contract to push them over the edge. The Los Angeles Clippers have been close to greatness before, but have limited success (2012-13 was their first ever divisional title). With the return of Paul fans have a genuine reason for hope.