NBA playoffs 2017: Chris Paul on future with Clippers: 'We just lost 20 minutes ago'

Paul can exercise his early termination option this offseason, not that he has considered using it — yet.

Chris Paul’s season is over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his time with the Clippers is.

Shortly after Los Angeles’ Game 7 loss to Utah in its first-round NBA playoff series, a reporter asked Paul whether he would exercise his early termination option in July.

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Paul, shall we say, was politely confrontational about the question.

Paul has played in 76 career postseason games, the most of any player without making a conference finals appearance. That includes a six-year stretch with the Clippers, who, with their loss to the Jazz on Sunday, have failed to make the second round of the playoffs two years running.

It wouldn’t be out of the question for Paul to consider leaving the Clippers for a team with a better shot of at least a conference title — and he certainly has that opportunity now that the fourth season of his contract with the Clippers has concluded.

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