The departure of Chris Paul from Los Angeles could happen, especially if the Clippers fail to make a huge improvement on their roster this summer. According to the latest NBA rumors, some NBA executives and players around the league believe CP3 to the San Antonio Spurs is a “realistic possibility.”
The Clippers will need to make a tough decision in the upcoming offseason as three of their starters, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick, will all become free agents. Weeks before the 2017 NBA free agency officially starts, the Clippers already revealed their plan to give Paul and Griffin max contracts. However, there are speculations that CP3 will consider entertaining other offers this summer.
NBA Rumors: Chris Paul to San Antonio Spurs a “realistic possibility”
In the past months, Paul’s name has been frequently linked to the San Antonio Spurs. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, executives and players around the NBA absolutely believe Chris Paul to the Spurs is a “realistic possibility.” San Antonio is an ideal destination for Paul if he wants to contend for the title next season.
Of all the teams in the Western Conference, the Spurs proved to have the real chance of beating the Golden State Warriors. They are the only squad in the league who can go toe-to-toe with any “Super Team” despite having only one superstar on their roster. Unfortunately, when they faced the Warriors in the NBA Playoffs 2017, the Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard due to an ankle injury.
Will Chris Paul give the Spurs a discount?
If he decides to leave the Clippers, Paul can sign a four-year deal worth roughly $153 million with other teams. Pairing Paul with Leonard gives the Spurs a higher chance of defeating the Warriors next season. However, they need to make a huge sacrifice to add the superstar point guard on their team.
The Spurs will need to let go some of their incoming free agents and force Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to retire. However, there is a possibility that Paul will take less money and focus on winning his first NBA championship title with the Spurs. Paul has already earned more than $158 million in his stint in the NBA and a championship ring is the only thing missing in his career.
At 32, Paul shows no sign of slowing down, proving that he still has lots of gas left in his tank. In 61 games he played last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, and five rebounds on 47.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc.