By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have informed the Los Angeles Clippers that they are opting out of their contracts. Paul said he’s going to wait until June 29th to make it official.
While Paul and Griffin would like to stay with the team — and defecto general manager Doc Rivers and consultant Jerry West hope they do too — they are going to have many suitors. And anything can happen once the free agent window opens up.
There’s going to be a lot of money thrown at these two players. And the Clippers may not have enough money to keep the two.
Paul is going to be courted by the San Antonio Spurs. They are already clearing space by asking Pau Gasol to take less money — and potentially trading away Danny Green along with potentially LaMarcus Aldridge — to be able to sign Paul.
If the Spurs are able to get Paul, they’re going to be tough to beat. They would have to get past the Golden State Warriors, who steamrolled through the playoffs to their second championship in three-years.
The Spurs actually faced the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. They were actually leading the Warriors by a lot before Kawhi Leonard suffered an injury — and the series changed in the Warriors favor after that.
At this time, the Spurs are not expected to go after Griffin. However, he’s going to have his own suitors, as well, with the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Celtics have been interested in Griffin for quite some time. They even tried to acquire the power forward prior to this year’s trade deadline, but wanted the Brooklyn Nets pick, which turned out to be the No. 1 overall pick, which Danny Ainge respectfully declined.
Griffin is from Oklahoma — and he’s been rumored to go there since Kevin Durant left to join the Warriors. He also attended the University of Oklahoma.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with these two players moving forward.