Clippers and Lakers Interested in Golden State Warriors Veteran

The LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have interest in Chris Paul
Mar 20, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; The Golden State Warriors bench exults after the team took a 10-point lead over the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; The Golden State Warriors bench exults after the team took a 10-point lead over the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have a decision to make on Chris Paul's non-guaranteed $30M salary for next season. It seems the Warriors would prefer to use Paul's expiring deal in a trade that brings back a more useful piece, but it remains to be seen if such a deal is out there.

Whether Paul is dealt somewhere or released by Golden State, it is reasonable to assume he will hit free agency at some point this summer. If the 12-time All-Star is dealt somewhere with little need for him, it would be easy for Paul and that team to go their separate ways, paving the way for him to hit free agency and sign with a team of his choosing.

In the event Paul does hit free agency, NBA insider Marc Stein reported via his Substack that both the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers would have interest.

"I keep hearing that Paul, if he actually makes to free agency at some point, would draw interest from the Clippers as well as the Lakers," Stein wrote. "Paul's desire to play as close to his L.A.-based family as possible is well-known, but I'm told interest in bringing him to the Lakers might not be unanimous within the organization despite Paul's well-chronicled friendship with LeBron James."

For the Clippers, their point guard situation will become more clear once Russell Westbrook makes a decision on his $4M player option.

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Joey Linn is a credentialed writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated's FanNation. Covering the LA Clippers independently in 2018, then for Fansided and 213Hoops from 2019-2021, Joey joined Sports Illustrated's FanNation to cover the Clippers after the 2020-21 season. Graduating from Biola University in 2022 with a Communication Studies degree, Joey served as Biola's play-by-play announcer for their basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer teams during his time in school. Joey's work on Biola's broadcasts, combined with his excellence in the classroom, earned him the Outstanding Communication Studies Student of the year award in 2022. Joey covers the NBA full-time across multiple platforms, primarily serving as a credentialed Clippers beat writer.