Which Veteran Point Guard should the Spurs target in Free Agency?

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1. Chris Paul

Over the course of his long 18-year career, Chris Paul has built quite the resume as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history, as he has consistently led his teams to success in the playoffs while playing at an all-star level. This past season, at age 38, he averaged 13.9 points and 8.9 assists per game while leading the Suns to the fourth seed in the Western Conference before going down with a groin injury against the eventual champion Denver Nuggets in the second round.

During his three seasons in Phoenix, Paul took the Suns from a fringe play-in team to a legitimate title contender, while also mentoring Devin Booker. Before his stop in the Valley of the Sun, Paul also had a brief stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2020. He led their inexperienced roster to the fifth seed and mentored another budding superstar, Shai-Gilegeous Alexander.

If the Spurs land Paul, he could have another chance to pass down some basketball wisdom not just to Wembanyama, but to Devin Vassell and Jeremy Sochan, who must improve their playmaking skills to complement the Frenchman's game. CP3 would also command the pick-and-roll/pop with Wemby and use his crafty ballhandling to make plays for his teammates. He would also be a pesky perimeter defender on the other end of the floor.

There are only two real caviats for the Spurs if they make a move to add Paul to their roster; his age and his salary. As previously mentioned, Chris Paul is 38 years old, meaning San Antonio would likely get at most two seasons with him. And since Phoenix waived him before June 28th, Paul will still be able to negotiate a contract with a new team while earning $15 million from the Suns. Given his age and recent injury history, it's hard to imagine Paul is worth more than $20 million annually, but he plans to play for "several more years", according to Chris Haynes.