Chris Paul Reportedly Will Consider Spurs If He Leaves Clippers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2017

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul talks to his brother C.J. in the crowd during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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ESPN's Marc Stein reported Friday that Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will give the San Antonio Spurs "serious consideration" if he decides to test free agency this offseason.

Paul has an early-termination option in his contract and can become a free agent this summer.

Stein added that Paul is intrigued by teaming up with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard.

Also, Stein said sources believe the Spurs are considered a lock to at least secure a face-to-face meeting with Paul in free agency.

ESPN.com's Zach Lowe reported in May that there seemed to be mutual interest between CP3 and the Spurs.

A few days later, Stein reported that the Clippers are taking the threat of San Antonio courting Paul "very seriously."

While Paul could be a strong fit with the Spurs, they would likely need to strip down their roster in order to create enough room to sign the point guard to the $34 million max.

That would likely include trading Pau Gasol and Danny Green while letting depth players such as David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon and Bryn Forbes walk.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star coming off another strong season, where he averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Despite the 32-year-old veteran's continued high level of play, the Clippers have struggled in the playoffs.

L.A. has yet to prove it can be a contender in the Western Conference, and playing alongside Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge could give Paul his best chance at taking down the Golden State Warriors.