Is Chris Paul done playing for the Los Angeles Clippers? Paul, who has been with the Clippers for the past six seasons, may be seriously weighing his options of heading to a new team for the 2017-18 season, and one of the front runners that Paul is rumored to be heading to is one of the Clippers’ arch rivals.
According to an ESPN report, the San Antonio Spurs are more than a little interested in Paul, and by the sound of it, they would love to see him in a Spurs uniform.
During an interview with ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz yesterday, colleague Zach Lowe said he thinks there is legitimacy behind the speculation that Paul has quite a bit of interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs next season.
“There’s been a lot of rumblings about Chris Paul, and I think that’s real,” Lowe says. “I think there’s mutual interest there. I don’t know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I’m very curious about what they do this summer and who’s on the team next year.”
Paul may be considered by many NBA experts as getting up there in age, but when he is healthy, he is still one of the best in the game. Paul is a nine-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA first team selection, and he knows how to win. However, at this point in his career, you have to figure that Paul doesn’t care about the personal achievements and awards — he just wants that elusive NBA Championship ring. Paul may have just turned 32-years-old, but most experts believe he has a few very good productive years ahead of him.
By looking at Paul’s stats, it could be that this is the year that he does leave the LA Clippers and heads to a different team like the San Antonio Spurs.
Paul was selected No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by New Orleans. He stayed with the Hornets for six seasons before heading to the Los Angeles Clippers. Now, after six seasons with the Clippers, will he make the jump to another team? If Paul does decide to opt out of his final year with the Clippers, it is safe to say that he may suffer from the six-year itch.
In other NBA rumor news, are the New York Knicks interested in Ricky Rubio — again?
According to Bleacher Report, they just might be leaning that way. ESPN’s Ian Begley is indicating that individuals within the New York Knicks organization plan to resurrect trade talks for Rubio.
“Some in the organization were hopeful after the trade deadline that they could revisit their attempts to acquire Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason, per sources,” Begley said.
Rubio has been a solid player in his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves and would be a great addition to many teams. However, the Knicks’ official website indicates that Phil Jackson may want Rubio in the Big Apple because he feels he could lead the triangle offense for the New York next season.
Rubio is under contract with the T-Wolves for two more years and is expected to make near $14 million per season. That may actually be a bargain for Jackson and the New York Knicks considering Derrick Rose is making $22 million per year. Rose, who is an unrestricted free agent, has indicated that he would like to stay with the Knicks.
Maybe teaming Rubio up with Kristaps Porzingis is what the Knicks need to spark this team. Well, that is if they don’t deal Porzingis away anytime soon. With the Knicks, you just never know.
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