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According to the Los Angeles Times, Chris Paul is expected to take free agent meetings with the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers are still considered the favorites to re-sign Paul since the All-Star point guard can make $205 million over five years if he stays in LA. The most Paul can earn with another team would be close to $152 million over four years.
When reports surfaced that the Spurs had interest in Paul, the Clippers’ brass became nervous because they view San Antonio as a serious threat to sign Paul away from them.
During the first week of June, Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Paul is seriously going to consider signing with the Spurs. Paul and his camp are reportedly intrigued by the possibility of playing with star forward Kawhi Leonard and for head coach Gregg Popovich.
League sources tell me that Chris Paul intends to give San Antonio serious consideration in free agency if he decides to leave the Clippers.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 2, 2017
While Paul and Nuggets head coach Michael Malone have a strong rapport with one another, the odds that Paul will actually sign with Denver are pretty low. Paul is most likely meeting with the Nuggets and Rockets just so he can gain some leverage over the Clippers.
Paul had another phenomenal season in LA this year, as he averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists per game. The Clippers, however, lost to the Utah Jazz in the first-round of the playoffs in seven games.
As everyone knows, Paul has yet to advance past the second-round of the postseason in his career. If he’s serious about winning a championship, Paul should take a pay cut and join the Spurs.