Despite success in the regular season, the L.A. Clippers have yet to make a deep run in the playoffs since Chris Paul came over in 2011. With a number of heartbreaks and disappointments, CP3 will become a free agent this summer… and is apparently ready to look at other teams.
According to league sources (via ESPN), the All-Star point guard plans to give the San Antonio Spurs a serious look, as he contemplates where he will leave Los Angeles.
Sources say Paul is very interested in considering the notion of him teaming up with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and MVP finalist Kawhi Leonard, as he continues to his quest for a title.
He’s expected to decline his player option to become a free agent, and ESPN says the Clippers are already planning roster and other changes to hopefully convince him to re-sign.
One of the major change would be NBA legend Jerry West potentially joining the front office.
Money could be a deciding factor for Paul, though, because due to the NBA’s new labor agreement, the Clippers can offer Paul a five-year deal worth an estimated $205 million. Meanwhile, the Spurs can only offer a four-year max deal, estimated at around $152 million. That’s a lot of money left on the table… so he may have to choose: money or the potential of winning a championship in San Antonio.
In Paul’s six seasons with the Clippers, the team hasn’t be able to pass the second round of the playoffs.