NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Paul Linked to Surprise Team In Potential Offseason Move

 It was a big-time flame-out for the Golden State Warriors in the Play-In after an overall disappointing season in Chris Paul's first year in The Bay. There is a non-guaranteed $30 million option on the veteran point guard's contract that the Dubs must consider. 

According to NBA Insider Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs could be a fit for CP3, if the Warriors decide to move on from him. 

Among the early personnel rumbles in circulation: The Spurs could emerge as a Paul suitor if they decide to pursue some veteran know-how on a short-term contract basis to provide presumptive Rookie of the Year Victor Wembanyama with more seasoned help in Year Two. 

Certainly, the Spurs would not be looking to hand out a max deal to Paul, but what a tremendous fit he'd be to help take some of the pressure off Wemby, who really had to do it all in his rookie year (and admittedly, didn't have much of a problem doing that!).

Obviously, going into his age 39 season, it would not be a long-term deal that the Spurs would have to commit to to bring in Paul. The only downside on this, for CP3 at least, is that he wouldn't get one more chance at winning that title that's eluded him throughout his legendary 19-year career.  

All this is not to say that the Warriors would not want the 11-time All-Star back in the fold. In fact, GM Mike Dunleavy said after their elimination they might very well want to keep him:

“I think admittedly he probably wished he had a larger role and could help the team a little bit more, but I think moving forward because of his production and the guy can still do it and what he means to winning and all that stuff, we certainly have interest in bringing him back."

This season, in 58 games played with Golden State, including 18 starts, Paul averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. 

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