Money doesn’t mean as much to athletes nowadays. With the constantly growing endorsement deals that come out every year, $5 million more a year on a contract often isn’t enough to get a player to go one place over another. What athletes want is to win championships.
Chris Paul desperately wants to win a championship, and, honestly, the most likely place for him to do it is in San Antonio.
And unidentified league sources told ESPN that Paul is “seriously considering” the Spurs in free agency with hopes of pursuing a championship.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Paul is “intrigued by the idea of teaming up with the likes of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Most Valuable Player top-three finalist Kawhi Leonard.” Essentially, he loves what the Spurs could do for him, and also according to Stein, the Spurs “love him.”
While in the past the Spurs shied away from marquee free agents, instead deciding to build in the draft, their addition of LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015 and pursuit of Kevin Durant in 2016, clearly shows a change in approach. San Antonio will go after free agents if it believes they can make the team better.
Chris Paul makes teams better. He took the New Orleans Hornets from 18 wins to 38 in his first year and then the Clippers from 32 wins to 40 (out of 66 games in a shortened season) in his first year in L.A.
Paul would make the Spurs better and with the amount of money he can make in endorsements, an extra year and a few extra dollars (OK, more than a few) may not be enough for the Clippers to persuade Paul to come back.