Chris Paul’s answer was brief, just like his time on the free-agent market.
“I’M IN!!!” he wrote Monday on Twitter.
He will stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, the team he helped turn into division champions in two seasons.
Dwight Howard will need more time to think.
Free agency opened Monday in the NBA with the focus on the pair of Los Angeles All-Stars, though Paul took himself off the market only hours after shopping season started.
Agent Leon Rose confirmed Paul’s return, which was expected after the Clippers signed Doc Rivers as their new coach. They can pay Paul around $108 million for five years.
Howard can make even more by staying with the Lakers, but that’s not stopping him from looking elsewhere.
With Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler joining its contingent, Houston pitched Howard on joining All-Star guard James Harden.
Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and new coach Mike Budenholzer were visiting Howard later Monday, trying to persuade him to join his Atlanta hometown team. He will meet Tuesday with the Lakers’ delegation.
Steve Nash tweeted Monday that he was flying from New York to Los Angeles to help the Lakers make their pitch.
KNICKS GO FOR BARGNANI
The Knicks will give Andrea Bargnani a chance to rediscover his game.
The Knicks and Raptors agreed to a deal involving the former No. 1 overall pick, a person with knowledge of the details said.
Toronto will receive New York reserves Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, who will be signed and traded. The Raptors also get the Knicks’ a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round picks.
Bargnani played in 35 games last season, missing the last month because of a sprained right elbow.
WEST IS PACERS’ PRIORITY
On the first official day of Larry Bird’s second reign as the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, he reiterated that the top offseason priority is re-signing David West.
He also said the Pacers had extended a qualifying offer to Tyler Hansbrough, one of their more productive bench players last season. By offering Hansbrough roughly $4.15 million, it makes him a restricted free agent and gives the Pacers the right to match any offer he finds on the open market.
Two people familiar with the situation said the Pelicans made an offer to Kings restricted free-agent guard Tyreke Evans. Several media outlets reported the deal was for four years, ranging between $40 million and $48 million. … Responding to Rajon Rondo trade talks, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said, “I always listen to calls and listen to what ideas are, but we have no intentions of moving Rajon.” … The Thunder is aggressively pursuing Dorell Wright, an unrestricted free agent from the 76ers, according to Yahoo Sports.