The San Antonio Spurs had a chance at Chris Paul, but lost out, due to the team’s roster uncertainty.
The San Antonio Spurs officially lost out on Chris Paul, who will be traded to the Houston Rockets for a package of players and a draft pick. It ends Paul five-year stint with the Los Angeles Clippers, as he attempts to form a superteam in Houston, potentially to compete with the Golden State Warriors.
Just how close were the Spurs, though? According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Paul was “seriously interested” in joining this franchise. However, there were issues that kept him away from signing:
Paul was seriously interested in playing for the Spurs, according to a source. But with Aldridge’s status with the Spurs up in the air, it made the situation less attractive. It probably would have been awkward for Paul to take the starting role over longtime Spurs point guard, respected foe and friend Tony Parker.
LaMarcus Aldridge was rumored in trade talks, during the 2017 NBA Draft. He didn’t move, but could be an option to go this offseason.
As for Tony Parker, he will miss part of the 2017-18 season with a quadriceps injury. If San Antonio uses Dejounte Murray as the starter and only signs a veteran backup, then it leaves the door open for Parker to start. Of course, if Paul was in town, he’d likely usurp the aging Frenchman in the starting lineup.
The Spurs have plenty of uncertainty as free agency nears. Losing out on Paul eliminates one option for a potential superteam, potentially meaning the organization could spread around the rest of the cap space instead of targeting the star.
Let’s see what direction Gregg Popovich, RC Buford and co. take as the heart of the offseason approaches. What will they do?