Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will become a free agent this summer. While there were previous reports Paul would indeed re-sign with the Clippers, that’s not looking like a foregone conclusion at this point.
Fresh off a four-game sweep at the hands of Golden State in the Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs have found themselves linked to Paul (more on that here).
This makes sense, especially considering San Antonio could use an upgrade at the point guard position. Veteran Tony Parker went down to a quad injury in the Western Conference Semifinals and missed the remainder of the playoffs. At 35 years old, there’s no telling whether Parker will be able to return at a high level.
Now, it looks like the Clippers themselves view San Antonio as the biggest threat to sign Paul once free agency starts in July.
The Clippers, I'm told, take the threat of a Spurs free-agent pursuit of Chris Paul very seriously despite SA's current lack of cap space.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 26, 2017
Again, this isn’t really that much of a surprise. Though, some will conclude that 2016 first-round pick Dejounte Murray is San Antonio’s future at point guard. He performed extremely well in Parker’s stead in the conference finals, averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 assists.
Even then, acquiring someone of Paul’s ilk to go with Kawhi Leonard would be an absolute coup for the Spurs. In reality, it would narrow the widening gap between Gregg Popovich’s squad and the three-time defending conference champion Golden State Warriors.
This is surely something to keep an eye on over the next several months.