Chris Paul — Clippers Star Buying Bel Air MANSION from Avril Lavigne

Los Angeles Clippers
star Chris Paul is planning to stay in town a while … “cause he”s about to drop $8.5 MILLION on a sick Bel Air mansion that he”s buying from Avril Lavigne … has learned.

Sources tell us … Paul fell in love with the 12,184 square foot place, which Avril originally listed for $9.5 mil and decided he had to make a move.

The mansion — located in a hoity-toity private community called Bel Air Crest — includes 8 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, 10-car garage, gym, sauna and a covered outdoor living room.

We”re told the real estate agent who engineered the deal is Jade Mills from Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills.

Before Avril moved in … Travis Barker lived in the place with his ex Shanna Moakler … and it was even featured on their MTV reality show “Meet the Barkers.”

As for Paul, dude is in year 3 of a 4-year $68,000,000 contract … so, he can afford it.