PLAYA VISTA–Chris Paul seemed anxious as he watched a 5-on-5 pickup game near the edge of the practice court Thursday at the Clippers Training Facility.

Relegated to the role of onlooker, he stood on the sideline in the left baseline corner with several of his teammates and a number of other NBA veterans racing up and down the floor. He stared in a way that explained how desperately he wished to join them.

It’s been nearly a month since Paul underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and it was clear sitting things out was not sitting well with him.

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CLIPPERS EXERCISE OPTION ON ERIC BLEDSOE

9/20/12

The Los Angeles Clippers today exercised the club’s fourth-year contract option on guard Eric Bledsoe.

Bledsoe, who is entering his third NBA season, has averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 19.0 minutes over his career. In 40 regular season games played last year, Bledsoe tallied 3.3 points in 11.6 minutes per game.

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CLIPPERS SIGN MATT BARNES

9/14/12

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent forward Matt Barnes. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

The nine-year NBA veteran has averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 21.3 minutes over his career. In 63 games played for the Lakers last season, Barnes tallied 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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