Clippers Afraid Chris Paul Could Join Spurs In Free Agency

Olive Rios
May 27, 2017

The depth San Antonio would have to sacrifice to afford a top-dollar offer for Paul undeniably poses a challenge to Spurs management.

ESPN also reported that San Antonio could be interested in signing Rose.

The Timberwolves reportedly want to reunite head coach Tom Thibodeau with his former player.

Even if the Spurs renounce the rights to looming free agents Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons as well as potential free agents Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee, they would still face complicated decisions on San Antonio mainstay Tony Parker and possibly both Pau Gasol and Danny Green.

The most another team projects to be able to offer is $152 million over four years, and San Antonio will have a hard time doing that.

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NBA Rumors 2017: Chris Paul, Derrick Rose On San Antonio Spurs' Radar In Free Agency

Chris Paul, pictured in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Staples Center on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, could leave the L.A. Clippers for the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent. Losing Paul would unravel their entire foundation, dropping them from the fringe of championship contention to out of the title picture completely.

The Spurs' sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors after an ankle injury suffered by Kawhi Leonard showed how much they lean on their MVP candidate small forward.

But as Stein mentions, the Spurs' cap situation isn't a friendly one.

When Paul is healthy, he's still as good as nearly any point guard in the National Basketball Association. L.A. outscored their opponents by an average of 14.2 points per 100 possessions when Paul was on the court. Zach Lowe of ESPN thinks there is mutual interest between the Spurs and Paul. But it will take a coup by the Clippers to get Paul to stay. He has led them to six straight playoff appearances and five straight 50-win seasons. He can turn down a $24.3 million salary for next season to hit the open market, giving himself a chance to score a lucrative long-term deal from Los Angeles or another organization.

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