Clippers Considering Polarizing Reunion Ahead of Free Agency

The Clippers are rumored to be one of the teams that could land Chris Paul this offseason.
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The Los Angeles Clippers are set to have one of the most interesting offseasons of any team in the NBA with the future of Paul George still undetermined.

But there are growing indications that at least one of their contributors from last season won’t return. 

The Clippers are rumored to be one of the teams interested in landing Chris Paul if he becomes a free agent – indicating that Russell Westbrook is assuredly on the way out. 

Clippers Rumored to be in the Hunt for Chris Paul

Paul was traded from LA to Houston after the 2016-17 season, partly because of a clash with then-coach Doc Rivers and also a desire for the Clippers to go a different direction. 

But that's good news, since Rivers is busy coaching the Milwaukee Bucks, and Paul would now demand far fewer minutes and dollars.

But how much does he have left in the tank?

Paul played in 58 games for the Warriors last season (18 starts), averaging 9.2 points, 6.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds across 26.4 minutes per game. 

Those aren’t great numbers, especially when you consider that the 39-year-old is the third-oldest player in the NBA behind LeBron James and current Clipper P.J. Tucker.

But that’s still an upgrade from what Westbrook brings to the table.

Westbrook had similar per-game averages (11.1 points, 4.5 assists, 5 rebounds), but was far less efficient. 

He shot a hideous 27.3% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the free-throw line while also contributing 2.1 turnovers per game.

Paul, on the other hand, still has his shooter’s touch. He shot 37.1% from deep, 82.7% from the free-throw line, and only turned the ball over 1.3 times per game.

This is a no-brainer move for LA. Paul is a better player and a better fit even despite his age. And what LA fan wouldn’t want to see him retire with the Clippers?

Stay tuned to LA Sports Hub for more updates on what should be a busy offseason in LA.

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