Mere moments after reports came out indicating that Blake Griffin will opt out of the final year of his contract, fellow Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Chris Paul has apparently informed his team that he will do the exact same thing.
Clippers guard Chris Paul has also informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become unrestricted free agent, per source
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 23, 2017
To be clear here, both Griffin and Paul were expected to opt out of their deals. This just gives more of a confirmation to those previous reports.
Unlike Griffin, it almost seems to be a foregone conclusion that Paul will return to the Clippers. He can sign a five-year, $210 million max deal to remain with the Southern California franchise. That’s a whole lot more than any other team can offer him.
If Paul is indeed serious about competing for a title towards the end of his career, moving on from the Clippers makes the most sense. Simply put, this squad doesn’t have what it takes to compete with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
Paul, 32, averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists for the Clippers last season. He’s still considered one of the top point guards in the entire Association.