Chris Paul Reportedly Declining Clippers Contract Option, Will Become Free Agent

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 28: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls the ball in the second half against the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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Point guard Chris Paul reportedly told the Los Angeles Clippers he will decline the player option on his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

This comes after Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Blake Griffin will also opt out of his contract with the team to become a free agent.

According to, Paul will wait until the last possible day he can to officially opt out of his deal (June 29) but still plans on doing so, which will make him and Griffin free agents on July 1.

Paul is 32 years old and has never advanced past the second round of the NBA playoffs, but he is still one of the best point guards of his generation. He won the 2005-06 Rookie of the Year and is a nine-time All-Star and an eight-time member of an All-NBA team, four of which were first teams.

He led the Clippers to the postseason all six years he has been with the team and played the role of the facilitator in the Lob City approach, consistently finding Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in transition and taking some of the city's attention away from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Wake Forest product tallied 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in 2016-17 behind a career-best 41.1 percent shooting clip from three-point range.

Whether Paul stays with the Clippers or signs elsewhere, he is still talented enough to guide a team to the postseason as a dynamic two-way playmaker. His ultimate destination will be one of the primary storylines of the NBA offseason.

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