Chris Paul is expected to exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Though he expressed his intention to return with the Los Angeles Clippers, an NBA analyst believes joining the San Antonio Spurs will give CP3 a higher chance to win an NBA championship title.
In 2011, Chris Paul was part of the blockbuster trade that would have sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers and team up with Kobe Bryant. Unfortunately, then-NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade. Instead of being traded to the Lakers, Paul was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Paul, together with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, undeniably made the Clippers one of the best teams in the league. However, the presence of the three superstars was not enough to give them their first Larry O’Brien Trophy. In the upcoming offseason, the Clippers will need to decide if they’re going to keep their “Big Three” or not.
Chris Paul to San Antonio Spurs
On Thursday’s episode of “The Herd”, Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard and guest host Doug Gottlieb talked about the big offseason changes coming for the Clippers. They also predicted Chris Paul leaving the Clippers to chase for his first NBA championship title. Broussard believes the San Antonio Spurs will be the perfect free agency destination for Paul.
“If he really wants to win, that’s the best place for him to go,” Broussard said. “Now, whether or not they would win a championship we don’t know. But I would love to see him there. It would be great for the league, and it would be his best move basketball-wise. I believe if the Clippers offer him five years max, he probably takes it. If they don’t… like you said, that last year is going to be ugly, maybe the last two. If they only want to give him four [years], I think he would leave. And if San Antonio’s willing to give it to him, I think he could got here.”
The Spurs are currently battling against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. They managed to even the series after a 121-96 victory on Wednesday night at AT&T Center. Unfortunately, the Spurs lost starting guard Tony Parker due to a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.
Chris Paul as Tony Parker’s replacement?
The injury will require a season-ending surgery and there is a possibility that Parker will be forced to retire. Parker is already on the near end of his career. Targeting an All-Star caliber point guard like Chris Paul is a no-brainer for the Spurs.
Unfortunately, their salary cap situation would prevent them from signing Paul in the upcoming free agency. Spurs big man Pau Gasol is expected to opt in for $14 million next season. If Parker’s injury is career-ending, the Spurs won’t be able to apply for salary-cap relief until one year from the date of the injury.
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