L.A. Clippers' Chris Paul buys a $9-million home in Kardashian country

L.A. Clipper Chris Paul may be moving his basketball shoes from the Westside to Calabasas.

The star point guard, who bought the Bel-Air home of singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne three years ago, has paid $8.995 million for an estate in a guard-gated community popular among celebrities and professional athletes.

Though his commute to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles will be substantially longer, the location puts Paul in the company of two of reality television’s biggest names: Khloe Kardashian of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” lives next door in a Mediterranean-style home she bought last year from Justin Bieber. And her sister Kourtney owns a house just around the corner.

Paul’s new house, built in 2006, has about 10,400 square feet of interiors — more than twice the size of an NBA court.

Two floors of living space, with vaulted ceilings and stone and hardwood floors, include a double-height great room, a home theater, a craft room, a library/den and a gym complete with steam shower and sauna.

The kitchen sports a pizza oven and a wide center island with seating for an entire starting lineup. A formal dining room with a wine cellar and tasting room sits off a long hallway topped with groin vault ceilings.

A master suite with a sitting room and fireplace is among five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. A detached guest house adds an additional en suite.

Set in the backdrop of canyon views, grounds of about two acres include a covered patio, a built-in barbecue, a fire pit, a swimming pool with a spa and a lighted tennis court. Formal landscaping and manicured gardens complete the setting.

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The speed in which the deal closed — the house was in escrow for only five days — indicates it may have been an all-cash purchase. Paul, 30, is in the third year of a five-year, $107-million extension he signed with the Clippers in 2013.

Marc and Rory Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties were the listing agents. Ikem Chukumerije of Westside Premier Estates and Sports Relocation Inc. represented Paul, Multiple Listing Service records show.

Paul, eight times an all-star, is in his fifth year with the Clippers since coming over in a 2011 trade with the New Orleans Hornets. He has led the NBA in assists in six of his 11 NBA seasons.

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