Friday, 24 November, 2017

Chris Paul Might Be Serious About This Whole San Antonio Thing

Lynne Sladky  AP Lynne Sladky AP
Alfredo Watts | 04 June, 2017, 03:48

The nine-time All-Star is reported to be interested in playing in the Spurs system and the team is likely to land a face-to-face meeting with him.

Paul has a financial incentive to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers, but he is reportedly intrigued by the potential of competing for a championship with the Spurs, particular after the continual postseason disappointments with the Clippers.

And the third element to this saga - Paul himself - is also apparently serious about San Antonio.

Paul's five-year, $107 million contract with the Clippers runs through the 2017-18 season but includes an early termination option in 2017.

Paul, 32, has never advanced past the conference semifinals since joining the Clippers in 2011.

Why wouldn't Paul want to join Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich? The Spurs, on the other hand, could offer a max of roughly $152 million over four years.

Thanks to rule changes in the NBA's new labor agreement, more favorable to stars in his age bracket, Paul is eligible to receive a five-year deal worth an estimated $205 million from the Clippers.

That said, this current core of Clippers players hasn't made it past the second round of the playoffs during Paul's tenure. But that all changed in the summer of 2015, when the Spurs illustrated their philosophical shift by winning the race to sign Aldridge away from the Portland Trail Blazers.

While it had been long-rumored that the L.A. Clippers' passing maestro could be in the crosshairs of the Spurs' front office, it now looks like the interest comes from both parties - making this a much more realistic scenario. They can offer him the most money and right now the Spurs don't have the cap space to get him.

The Spurs' current starting point guard, Tony Parker, is entering the final year of his contract.