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San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Competition Developing for Chris Paul

By Rob Wolkenbrod
Feb 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in action against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Staples Center. The San Antonio Spurs won 105-97. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in action against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Staples Center. The San Antonio Spurs won 105-97. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly face competition for Chris Paul from the Houston Rockets, who are a serious landing spot for him.

The San Antonio Spurs could sign a point guard in free agency, as they prepare to spend part of the 2017-18 season without Tony Parker. Dejounte Murray will be there for next year, along with 2017 first-round pick Derrick White.

Earlier in June, ESPN’s Marc Stein noted how the Spurs will be given “serious consideration” by the biggest name in 2017 NBA Free Agency; Chris Paul. This would be the ultimate upgrade at point guard, but far from a guarantee of happening, due to a potential salary cap reconstruction (if Paul signs) and other aggressive suitors.

Well, aside from the Los Angeles Clippers, count the Houston Rockets in as the second-biggest threat to the Spurs signing Paul. This is according to Stein as well:

The Rockets still have work to do in terms of clearing sufficient salary-cap space to make a representative offer for Paul, but sources said that Houston star James Harden has been advocating hard in favor of the Paul pursuit and has made his interest in teaming with the LA Clippers’ All-Star known directly to the point guard.

Paul will become a free agent in July once the NBA’s new year begins. He’ll potentially cast a large net in free agency for the first time, after sticking with the Clippers in 2013.

If CP3 joins the Spurs, he’ll team with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge — if the latter remains in the Alamo City. It may be all about taking down the Golden State Warriors, who dominated the Western Conference for the past three seasons, winning the NBA championship in 2015 and 2017.

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Competition is developing for Paul. Whoever signs him will get one of the league’s best point guards, even at age 32. Where will he go?

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