Nine-time All-Star Chris Paul has a decision to make this offseason that could have a massive impact on the NBA over the next few seasons.
The 32-year-old point guard is expected to opt out of his contract this offseason to become a free agent, and while the Los Angeles Clippers can offer the most money, he is expected to consider joining the San Antonio Spurs.
ESPN Marc Stein reported that Paul is intrigued by the prospect of teaming up with Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.
“The Spurs, sources say, are increasingly considered a lock to at least secure a face-to-face meeting with Paul when free agency begins July 1, despite the fact San Antonio would almost certainly have to sacrifice considerable roster depth to make him a representative contract offer,” Stein said.
The Spurs would have to find a trade partner if Pau Gasol opts into his contract, and they might have to trade wing Danny Green and/or mainstay Tony Parker.
Paul would be eligible for a five-year, $205 million deal from the Clippers. The Spurs could only offer around $152 million. The trio of Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge would make the Spurs a threat to Golden State in the Western Conference.
The Clippers are still the favorites to land Paul, but the Spurs will have a good chance to sway him away from returning to Los Angeles.