Report: Spurs have strong interest in Paul, Rose

Ashish Mathur

The San Antonio Spurs have strong interest in attempting to acquire Chris Paul and Derrick Rose this summer, according to a report by ESPN.

The Spurs don't have the cap space to sign Paul to a deal of his liking right now, but they are trying to make moves to clear room so that they can bring him on board, according to the report.

Rose, meanwhile, will come at a cheaper price for San Antonio and may well be a better fit for their offense. League scouts have always said that Rose and Tony Parker play the same game, except Rose is just bigger, stronger and faster.

Paul averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists per game this past season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He is expected to take free agent meetings with the Houston Rockets, Clippers and Spurs.

As the third option in New York, Rose averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting an efficient 47.1 percent from the field. The former MVP did undergo his fourth knee surgery towards the end of the season, but the good news is that he is already back on the court doing basketball activities.

Rose put up healthy numbers in the triangle offense, but he looked disengaged half the time. The Chicago native thrives in a heavy pick-and-roll setting where there are driving lanes for him to attack and finish at the rim.

The Spurs are in need of an elite slasher and scoring guard like Rose to beat Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. In his last three games against the Dubs spanning from 2014-17, Rose is averaging 29 points per game against Golden State.

The Clippers are going to offer Paul a five-year max deal. While reports claim he has interest in joining the Spurs, it's hard to see him passing up on all that money.

Rose is the type of player who feeds off of being around a winning atmosphere and coach. Last month, an NBA executive told the New York Daily News that Rose would “blossom in a solid organization.”