It’s been quite a hectic week in the NBA as teams across the league scramble to retool their rosters for next season. While some franchises are taking the long-view and opting for a more conservative approach to set themselves up for future contention, a handful of teams that are in win-now mode are thinking bigger and bolder.
But even the more aggressive strategies are not without their nuances and subtleties. The San Antonio Spurs, for instance, who won 61 games last season and held a 25-point lead on the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard got injured, have their eyes on Chris Paul.
But in order to make that a reality, they have to get their finances in order. They got off to a solid start when Pau Gasol announced that he would decline his player option for next season and take a pay-cut to give the organization more flexibility. Now, San Antonio is reportedly considering trade offers for sharpshooter Danny Green.
Green has been a prototypical 3-and-D guy for the Spurs during his tenure and was a key part of their most recent title run in 2014, although his impact hasn’t been as significant the past couple of seasons. But at 29 years old, he still has tremendous value. He’s set to make $10 million next season, which would give the Spurs that much more room to make the math work for Paul.
All of this, of course, is assuming that CP3 is giving the Spurs serious consideration. And why wouldn’t he? The Lob City crew has consistently underachieved, and it doesn’t appear the Clippers can effectively move any closer next season to making themselves a legitimate threat to Warriors.
The Spurs, on the other hand, are in a much better position to contend, and Paul is the ideal player to pair with Gregg Popovich. If they are, in fact, able to pull off this deal, it should make the Western Conference Playoffs much more interesting next spring.