Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul point guard may choose to opt of his contract this off-season seeking to finally make a run at a title. Naturally though, not every team would be a good match for Paul with several teams being a better fit.
San Antonio Spurs
Other than the signing of LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs tend to rely on the draft to get their players rather than free agency. But this year would be a perfect time to sign a big name free agent like Chris Paul. The Spurs no longer have the same depth as they used to at the guard position, as Tony Parker is on the wrong side of 30 and Manu Ginobli is on the verge of retiring. This means they’ll need a new veteran point guard making Paul a perfect fit for the team.
San Antonio has been a title contending team for quite some time now. With that being said, this should be very intriguing for Paul as he has never been a part of a real contending team. In Paul’s six seasons with the Clippers, they have never been able to make it past the second round which could be a major concern for the 32-year-old. With a legendary coach in Gregg Popovich and a superstar in Kawhi Leonard, it’s a tough offer to turn down.
New Orleans Pelicans
The duo of Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis just wasn’t enough to take the Pelicans to the playoffs last season. Not because they aren’t capable of it, but because the players didn’t have enough time form a real connection. Davis and Cousins only played together for a little bit less than half of the season not giving the duo enough time to adjust to a new playing style. Both players are used to running a one-man show, but that won’t work on this new Pelicans team. After an entire off-season together they should adjust to the new playing style and finally create the big man duo NBA fans have been waiting for. This should be very appealing to Paul.
Paul played six seasons with the Pelicans before being traded to the Clippers. It’s definitely possible that Paul may want to return home, and now would be the perfect time to do so. Despite the fact that the Pelicans have two superstars up front, they are in need of an upgrade in the backcourt. Why not Paul for that upgrade? He, Davis and Cousins would form one of the best big three’s in the NBA and finally bring a winning mentality to New Orleans.
Los Angeles Clippers
Perhaps Paul has no intention of leaving the team that has been he and his family’s home for the past six years. With that being said, should the Clippers manage to keep their core together and add more depth amid the off-season it wouldn’t be surprising if he stuck with the Clippers in hopes of finally winning a championship. With more money to offer and being an established place for Paul’s family the Clippers have a major advantage over other teams.