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NBA rumors: Warriors’ veteran to draw interest from Lakers,Clippers

The NBA free agency is nearing its start and several NBA stars will move teams including multiple All-Star Chris Paul. Paul’s status with the Warriors remains uncertain and if Bay Area team choose to part ways with him, there are already teams willing to offer him a contract.

According to Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers are set to have interest in the veteran point guard if the Warriors release him from his current deal.

As Marc Stein notes, via Sports Illustrated:

“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.”

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“I’ve been hearing for weeks now that the Clippers — even though Russell Westbrook possesses a $4 million player option for next season — have interest in both Paul and Kyle Lowry to supply backcourt depth. 

The Clippers will make a decision on their point guard situation after Russell Westbrook’s decision on his $4M player option. If Westbrook opts out of his contract, he will become a free agent in hope of finding a place that he can be a perennial starter after Ty Lue moved him to the Clippers’ bench after the James Harden trade.

As for the Lakers, the main objective for them is to keep LeBron James, who has the right to opt out of his contract this offseason. The Lakers are set to announce the hiring of JJ Redick, who played alongside Chris Paul during his Clippers’ stint.

Warriors might lose another valued veteran in Klay Thompson

The Golden State Warriors will likely shake things up in their roster after missing the playoffs last season. As a result, Klay Thompson is set to become a free agent in few days and there is no indication that the four-time NBA champion is anywhere close returning to Golden State.

The Athletic reported that there has been no productive discussions between the Warriors and Thompson’s representatives at this point on a new contract.

Thompson is coming off one of the most underwhelming season of his career with his shooting numbers declining and the Warriors struggling to find him a spot in their starting lineup. Thompson isn’t the two-way All-Star player he once was, but he still shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.

 

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