NBA Rumors: Chris Paul to San Antonio Spurs a done deal? Zach Lowe says there’s mutual interest

Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers
PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul is set to have a huge payday in the upcoming offseason as the Los Angeles Clippers plan to give him a max contract once he becomes a free agent. However, there are speculations that Paul may consider leaving the Clippers and chase his first NBA championship title with another team. Will CP3 to the San Antonio Spurs happen this summer?

Chris Paul is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Clippers to become an unrestricted free agent. The Clippers already revealed their plan to give Paul a max contract this summer. However, they are not the only team who’s interested in signing the All-Star point guard.

NBA Free Agency: Chris Paul to San Antonio Spurs

With both the Clippers and the Spurs out of the competition, rumors linking Chris Paul to San Antonio started to circulate. In his own podcast, Zach Lowe of ESPN said that there is a legitimacy that Paul will play for the Spurs next season.

“There’s been a lot of rumblings about Chris Paul, and I think that’s real,” Lowe said in a conversation with Kevin Arnovitz. “I think there’s mutual interest there. I don’t know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I’m very curious about what they do this summer and who’s on the team next year.”

The conclusion of the Western Conference Finals showed that the Spurs need to improve their roster in order to beat the Golden State Warriors. Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs struggled on both ends of the floor. Tony Parker only has one year left on his contract and some people believe he’s already on the verge of retirement.

At 32, Chris Paul remains productive and managed to improve his three-point shooting last season. In 61 games, he averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists on 47.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. Acquiring an All-Star point guard like CP3 will strengthen the Spurs’ chance of dominating the Western Conference next season.

Can the San Antonio Spurs sign Chris Paul?

Though there’s a mutual interest between Paul and the Spurs, they don’t have enough cap space to sign him this summer.  If he leaves the Clippers, Paul is expected to demand a four-year deal worth $153.5 million with another team. The Spurs need to clear space for his $35.7 million salary next season.

Signing Paul is possible but will require lots of sacrifice for the Spurs. These include forcing Parker and Manu Ginobili to retire this summer and letting go their own free agents.

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