Should Chris Paul abandon the Los Angeles Clippers for the San Antonio Spurs? | The Tylt
Should Chris Paul abandon the Los Angeles Clippers for the San Antonio Spurs?
If Chris Paul ever wants to compete for an NBA championship, it sure as hell isn’t going to happen with the Los Angeles Clippers. The San Antonio Spurs offer him a better chance at finally advancing to the conference finals, a stage he has never reached in his 12-year career.
With Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in the twilight of their careers, the Spurs will need a proven ball-handling guard. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has never had a point guard like Paul who can pass, score and defend.
The Spurs kept up with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard went down with an injury. If they had Paul on the court and the Spurs manage to stay healthy, they could present the biggest challenge to the Warriors.
If Paul wants a shot at an NBA title, he needs to ditch L.A. and become a Spur.
Chris Paul has about 50 million reasons why he would stay in Los Angeles. Because of a provision in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Paul will be able to sign a 5-year contract worth over $200 million if he stays with the Clippers. The most the Spurs could offer would be a $152 million over five years.
And it’s not like Paul will be playing with a bunch of bums in Los Angeles, neither. The Clippers still have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan under contract for the next year and playing in their primes. Los Angeles has had some rotten luck with injuries, but if they fill their team with good role players, they have a good a chance as any to challenge the Warriors.
Paul loves Los Angeles and Los Angeles loves Paul. He’s taken the Clippers to the playoffs every year since he signed with the team in 2011. The point guard not only runs the court, he runs the marketing sphere in L.A., starring in State Farm commercials.