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Warriors player Chris Paul interested in Clippers in free agency – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

When Chris Paul hits the NBA free agent market, he will have suitors for the 2024–25 season.

While the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have already been linked to Paul, who is currently on the Warriors roster, the Los Angeles Clippers – his former team – could be added.

“I still heard this week that [Chris] “Paul and Kyle Lowry, whose free agency is looming after he finishes last season in Philadelphia, are veteran guards who the Clippers are said to have interest in,” NBC Sports NBA contributor Marc Stein wrote in his latest Substack newsletter (h/t Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk).

Paul has a non-guaranteed salary of $30 million for the 2024-25 season, and the Warriors have until June 28 to decide whether to waive the veteran point guard or guarantee his salary.

The Warriors could also use Paul's contract to facilitate a transfer in the offseason.

Paul's contract with the Warriors was always only for one year after Golden State signed him last summer in exchange for Jordan Poole from the Washington Wizards.

The short-term signing of Paul was seen by the Warriors as a way to save on long-term salaries as they seek to avoid the luxury tax penalties imposed by the CBA.

But Paul, who is in his 19th NBA season, accepted a reduced role as a backup with the Warriors and was still productive when he was on the court. In 58 games, including 18 starts, the 39-year-old averaged 9.2 points and 6.8 assists in 26.4 minutes. He hit 44.1 percent of his shots from the field and 37.1 percent from 3-point range, matching his numbers from the 2022-23 season.

While it is unclear what the future holds for Paul, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the end of the season that he would be in favor of Golden State bringing back the experienced point guard.

“Chris was fantastic, not only on the court but in his leadership role,” Kerr said at his end-of-season press conference after the Warriors' play-in loss to the Kings. “It was a difficult situation for him, but he handled it wonderfully. He was always his team's starting point guard. But if you look at our team, it's pretty small. Even though he's one of our best players, if we want to put our best players on the court and he's one of them, then you have to count Chris, Steph and the other players. [Curry]Klay [Thompson] – it is not the ideal squad for him.

“…The way he handled it this year was unbelievable. So professional, such a great mentor to the younger guys. One of the greatest professionals I've ever known – just his approach and his attitude and his sacrifice. I loved coaching Chris and I really hope we get him back next year.”

Paul spent six seasons with the Clippers, came to Los Angeles in 2011 and was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2017.

If Paul doesn't return to the Warriors, there's a good chance he'll see them as an opponent next season.

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