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NBA Star Chris Paul Future with Clippers Tied to House Deed?

7/16/2012 2:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
0713_chris_paul_mansionNow that Blake Griffin has signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, the fate of the franchise rests on whether or not Chris Paul does the same next summer ... and TMZ may have uncovered a clue in the deed to his new home.

As TMZ first reported, Paul picked up a sweet Bel Air mansion that boasts 8 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms ... and used to belong to Avril Lavigne.

Paul paid $8.5 million for the house ... but according to the deed, he put a down payment of $3.5 million. The standard down payment on a house like that is usually around 30% of the total price, but Chris' payment represents 44% ... a pretty decent sign he plans to keep the house for some time.

Or at least that's what Clippers fans hope. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!
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