Chris Paul will be a free agent this offseason, and while the Los Angeles Clippers can offer him a $210 million megadeal, ESPN's Zach Lowe noted that there is a mutual interest between Paul and the San Antonio Spurs.
On Thursday's episode of "Undisputed", former Spur Stephen Jackson, Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless broke down whether Paul would fit in San Antonio.
Stephen Jackson: The Spurs would be a championship team with CP3
“Chris Paul’s a good fit anywhere. Definitely in San Antonio.
"I think LaMarcus Aldridge would benefit the most. He’s one of those guys that really doesn’t want to post up. He’s used to pick-and-popping. Chris Paul is the pick-and-pop expert. Even Blake [Griffin] couldn’t shoot, but he got so many pick-and-pops from Chris Paul that he had to work on it, find a jumper.
"That would be perfect for LaMarcus. With Kawhi [Leonard], it would be great because you have a guy who can run an offense. Kawhi doesn’t have to be so ball-dominant. He could play off the ball and get some easy shots off Chris sometimes instead of forcing shots, or going one-on-one all the time. It would definitely benefit them, and having [Coach] Pop there, they would definitely be a championship team.”
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CP3 is a perfect fit for the Spurs
“I totally agree, because right now the big magician is struggling — that’s what I call LaMarcus Aldridge, because he disappears.
"Chris Paul would be a great fit, as Stephen said. He would be a great fit because he’s the old school point guard. He’s not masquerading… he’s not a two-guard masquerading as a point. He wants to get the ball to the guys who can put the ball [in the basket].
"Now, he can score. But a lot of these guys — the Westbrooks, the Hardens — they’re really two-guards. They look to score, first, but if you’re wide open they will give you the ball. Chris Paul is looking to get you the ball in the spot you can do the most damage.”
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Paul would have to walk away from a staggering amount of money
“My question is, how does he walk away from $42 million a year over the next five years, Skip?
Skip Bayless: “$60 million more to stay put.”
Shannon Sharpe: “Yeah. San Antonio’s [great]. The Riverwalk… but I’m going to tell you something. I’m ain’t going.”
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The Spurs would have to gut their roster to make it work financially
“I hear every basketball point you guys just made. Dead right. I had all those same thoughts last night when I first read this story — then I started to try to figure out how can they fit him into the salary cap? I don’tknow. It’s mind-blowing. You would have to gut this roster to get him involved.
"In the end, it hit me late last night. I don’t want Chris Paul on this team, and I’ll tell you why. I really like this team a whole lot this year; you knowI did. I liked them going into the playoffs, and then they caught fire in the playoffs."
This is already a championship-caliber team without Paul
“They’re up 25 at Golden State in Game 1, and then obviously 23 mid-third quarter and Kawhi goes down. Kawhi had emerged as a superstar, is that fair? I think he was, and that team had sort of forged itself around him — and it was no fluke they were up 23 mid-third quarter. And I believe they would have beaten Golden State. That’s just me, you can say I’m a crazed Spurs fan.
"I now know too much about Chris Paul. I told you before the year, I thought Chris Paul was going to take them places this year. I thought Blake had a lot to prove, and I thought DeAndre [Jordan], coming off a dominating Olympic performance… I thought that team was going to be really good, and they really weren’t because Chris Paul can’t stay healthy at age 32. He feels like he’s about 36 to me.”
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CP3 hasn't proven he can put a team over the top
“He has no rings, he hasn’t even sniffed a ring. Hasn’t even gotten close to a ring. Something is missing in him, because he’s so short — like it’s almost the Isaiah [Thomas] syndrome on a little different level. He’s a little under 6 feet tall. Now he’s a wide body and he is stout and he is strong. The pick-and-roll, he’s the king of it because he can bounce people off him and create shots.
"I don’t know, there’s something missing there. I don’t know if it takes the Spurs over the top… because you might have to trade LaMarcus. I’m not sure he’d even be there.”