According to NBA Rumors, with Chris Paul willing to opt out of his contract in 2017, the questions of where he could end up have been numerous. Paul is still a top 5 PG and will draw plenty of interest on the open market. But where will he end up?
There’s a chance that he actually stays in Los Angeles but if they don’t win a championship this year what does that do to their chances of retaining him?
To make matters more complicated is the fact that his running mate, Blake Griffin is a free agent as well. Griffin’s name has been tossed around in so many trade rumors lately that I have lost count. If Griffin leaves will that make Paul’s decision that much easier?
There are a few teams that could use his services, not only to be competitive but he will be the missing piece to a title. One of those teams is the San Antonio Spurs. With Parker taking more of a reserve role, and the uncertainty of Patty Mills’ leadership skills, the Spurs may be the perfect fit for Paul.
Imagine Paul pushing the ball up court and having the option of Pau Gasol, Kawhi Leonard or LaMarcus Aldridge. Not to take anything away from Griffin and DeAndre Jordan but there is no other frontcourt in the NBA that can compete with this talent the Spurs have assembled.
Another option for Paul could be the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks still have Michael Carter-Williams but he has fallen out of grace with HC, Jason Kidd during his dismal performance last season.
If Kidd was to get the news that Paul is headed to Milwaukee, this will all but ensure a trip to the NBA Finals. I know Paul has failed to lead his prior teams to a Finals berth but the talent he will have surrounding him in Milwaukee will be unlike anything he has ever encountered in his professional career.
If the thought of Paul and the Spurs were enough to make NBA GM’s cringe, imagine what playing with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Greg Monroe, and Jabari Parker will do. There is no team in the NBA that will throw that much talent on the floor at the same time.
But again, this is based on Paul deciding that he has done all he can for the Clippers and vice versa.