Chris Paul To Decline Player Option, Become Free Agent

Herbert Rhodes
June 25, 2017

Griffin is expected to talk to the Clippers before Wednesday, while Paul still have until Thursday to tell them about his plans to opt out of their contract.

The Clippers are widely regarded as strong favorites to retain Griffin and Paul when they hit the open market July 1, given their financial advantages over competing teams in trying to sign them. Afflalo averaged 8.4 points and 2 rebounds in 61 games this past season, his first with Sacramento. However, if the team can convince another superstar to come play for them, they may be able to keep their two best players around for a little while longer. The 12-year pro has spent the past six seasons leading the Clippers.

Paul averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists per-game during the 2016-17 season.

The 32-year-old has accomplished quite a lot in his career, but has yet to add an National Basketball Association championship to his resume.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Paul had also opted out.

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If either re-sign with the Clippers, they are set for huge paydays, with Griffin potentially earning $175million and Paul $205million over five years, per The LA Times.

Griffin could be highly pursued by his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder to give Russell Westbrook a high-impact running mate that was missing last season after Kevin Durant's departure.

Caldwell-Pope, a restricted free agent, was sentenced to a year of probation last week in a March traffic stop in suburban Detroit.

Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after police said he was spotted going about 45 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone about 2:50 a.m. March 29 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. After a field sobriety test, he was arrested and a breathalyzer test displayed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

Last summer, the Bulls parted with Joakim Noah and traded former point guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks.

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