The Los Angeles Clippers front office was informed Friday both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will become unrestricted free agents after declining their player options for the upcoming 2017-2018 season and will become unrestricted free agents.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 23, 2017
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
The plan is still to re-sign the two all-stars on maximum, five-year deals. As free agents, Paul and Griffin can make $22.8 and $20.1 million, respectively, more as free agents.
If Griffin signs back with the Clippers, he’ll most likely net a five-year contract around $175 million; he would get about $130 million over four years with any other team.
If Paul signs with the Clippers, he’ll get a five-year deal worth about $205 million; four years, $152 million with any other team.
Given the long-term value of re-signing with the Clippers, it’s tough to imagine a scenario in which both end up on new teams next season.
Teams around the league, however, didn’t wait long to react to the news.
According to multiple sources, the Houston Rockets are ready to aggressively pursue Paul in the hopes of pairing him with guard James Harden.
— RealGM (@RealGM) June 21, 2017