• A lot has gone on since the offseason has started, from Brooklyn receiving D’Angelo Russell, to the Timberwolves trading for Jimmy Butler. As of today, superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have officially opted out of their contracts and have become unrestricted free agents. These two are essentially the cornerstones of the franchise and it’ll be up to Doc Rivers and management to retain the two stars. The Clippers haven’t had much success with their current core group and many in the media believe it is time to blow up the team and start over. Their current starting five is amongst the top in the league but it’s their depth and bench that is the issue. It has essentially been the same issue year after year with little to no change, resulting in both stars questioning the future of the franchise.

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    CP3 Free Agency

    Paul has been linked to a couple of teams including the Spurs, who have the cap space available to sign the All-Star guard. The Spurs would be a perfect fit for CP3 with Tony Parker undergoing surgery to recover his ruptured left quadriceps tendon. Parker is expected to miss up to eight months and unless the Spurs are sold on handing the starting point guard job over to Patty Mills, Paul would be the best option on the market.

    CP3 will also be meeting with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets during the summer before making a decision. There’s no doubt that he wants to win a title before his career is over and this may be his last major contract. He has yet to taste the Conference Finals, so he could consider taking a pay cut to join a team capable of winning a title. With his current deals with Jordan Brand and State Farm, taking a pay cut shouldn’t be a problem.

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    Fly Griffin, Fly

    As for Blake, he too will be among the most sough-after free agents this upcoming week. There will be plenty of teams offering max-deals to the power forward for his athleticism and playmaking ability. Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Grffin will consider the Celtics, Rockets and Heat, as well as returning to the Clippers during the offseason. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Oklahoma City should be a threat to sign the big man as well. Griffin has been through several injuries over the past couple of years and it has resulted in the Clippers faltering in the NBA Playoffs. He will surely commend a max-deal on the open market but one has to question whether or not he will live up to it.

    In my personal opinion, CP3 would be best suited on the Spurs, while Blake should join the OKC Thunder. Paul would be joining the second best team in the Western Conference while receiving a four year $152 million deal with the Spurs. There is no income tax in the state of Texas, resulting in a similar pay as if he were to re-sign with the Clippers. Paul, who is a pass-first point guard, would love to play under Gregg Popovich who has a team centric mindset. With CP3 and Kawhi Leonard on the same team, they would be a defensive force that would give any team a run for their money, including the Golden State Warriors.

    The OKC Thunder should be doing everything in their power to sign Blake this offseason. He has the ability to run the offence, giving Russell Westbrook time to rest during the game. His athleticism would compliment Westbrook’s playmaking ability while also giving them a threat inside with Steven Adams on the floor. The high-flyer was also born in Oklahoma and played for the Sooners in college. If the Thunder were able to nab the power forward in free agency, look for them to be a top-4 team in the Western Conference.

    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Thank you to all the readers and subscribers! Cheers! #HoopBall #NBA

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