The San Antonio Spurs are slowly transitioning to a new era with its original ‘big three’ slowly fading away. The last one expected to exit is Tony Parker, but Gregg Popovich would do well to start looking for a successor as early as next free agency.
Could that person be Chris Paul?
Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers is expected to be among the big names available next Summer and the Spurs could be wise to pitch for the all-star guard.
The Clippers are expected to do everything they can to convince Paul to stay. But the Spurs can offer something that the Clippers may not have – that of which is a chance to win an NBA title.
The Spurs have a tradition of doing that, thanks largely to the genius of Popovich. With Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge already there, Paul could be the new point guard for the Spurs ‘Big 3 – 2.0’.
At 31, Paul knows that he too needs to do something to reach what any NBA player wants – an NBA title. The Clippers have tried to assemble a good cast but have so far faltered.
Clippers falling apart?
Their own version of a ‘big three’ has not produced and may in fact be dissolved by next free agency. Blake Griffin is another guy who could be jumping ship, possibly with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
That leaves only DeAndre Jordan in the mix, a remnant that doesn’t exactly place the Clippers in the title-contender ring. So unless the Clippers are able to guarantee more help for Paul, the all star guard could very well test the waters.
Parker may soon consider retirement following his decision to play his final international stint with France. From the looks of it, he may be playing out his contract and eventually retire. Should that happen, Paul’s entry would be spot on.