Chris Paul, the Clippers point guard, is almost certain to leave Los Angeles next summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, per league sources.
Earlier this week, Paul listed his Bel-Air mansion for sale, dropping another hint that he was ready to pack up and bolt from Los Angeles next July.
Paul had purchased the 11-bedroom mansion from popstar Avril Lavigne four years ago. According to Los Angeles Times, the all-star has listed his estate for sale at $11.495 million.
Chris Paul to Cavs, Spurs?
According to this HoopsHabit report, Paul could join either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the San Antonio Spurs in free agency next season since he would be 32 and desperate for a ring.
“Unless the Los Angeles Clippers get over the hump this coming season, there’s reason to believe that both Paul and Griffin would take their talents elsewhere.
“For Paul, there are two intriguing options. He could replace the aging Tony Parker in San Antonio or join good friend LeBron James in Cleveland, where star point guard Kyrie Irving would gladly switch to the 2-guard spot,” read the report.
Even though Clippers coach Doc Rivers has maintained that Paul and Blake Griffin, both of whom enter free agency next year, intend to spend the rest of their careers in Los Angeles, several analysts believe that the 2016-17 season could result in their break-up.
With J.J. Redick also approaching free agency, the Clippers must win the championship this coming season if they wish to retain all their stars.
“I do think we have an attractive place. We have a new owner. It would be interesting if Steve Ballmer wasn’t the owner, I don’t know how confident I would be. With Steve, I’m extremely confident that we can keep both. You know, listen, winning is the key,” Rivers told the Vertical Podcast recently while addressing Paul and Griffin’s free agency.
“I think we’re in a good place. I know both of them have said they want to play here. They want to play for us forever,” added Rivers, who doubles up as president of basketball operations.
Would Chris Paul stick around in Los Angeles next year? It’s highly unlikely. However, if the Clippers get the No. 2 seed and a conference final berth his coming season, Paul could be persuaded to re-sign.