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Warriors PG linked to Spurs ahead of 2024 NBA Free Agency

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Golden State Warriors point guard Chris Paul could be a free agent this season, and the San Antonio Spurs have emerged as a potential suitor for the veteran, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.

“A potential team to watch if Paul and the Warriors part ways is San Antonio,” Stein wrote. “Among the first rumors circulating: Spurs could emerge as a Paul candidate if they decide to pursue an experienced know-how on a short-term contract to sign presumptive Rookie of the Year winner Victor Wembanyama in Year to provide more seasoned help 2.”

The Warriors have until June 28 to decide whether to exercise Paul’s $30 million team option for the 2024-25 season or waive him. If it is waived, he will become a free agent.

Paul’s 19th season in the league came to a disappointing end on Tuesday when the Warriors fell to the Sacramento Kings in the play-in tournament. He made it clear after the game that he would return for his twentieth season next year.

“That’s not even up for debate,” Paul said of his future, according to Andscape’s Marc Spears. “I just want to start playing again.”

The question now is where Paul will play next season.

He was a valuable reserve for Golden State last season, posting 9.2 points, 6.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, most of which came off the bench. His assist numbers were the best among NBA reserves in the 2023-2024 season.

Joining a young Spurs team would be beneficial for both parties. Paul would bring veteran experience to a team that only has three players over the age of 25, which would be extremely useful for a side looking to see the second coming of the Spurs dynasty.

Teaming up with rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama could also give Paul a burst of energy in what will surely be one of his final seasons in the league. The 7’4″ Wembanyama would thrive in a pick-and-roll-centric offense, and Paul has perhaps the most experience of any player in the league running that type of offense.

Some of Paul’s best seasons of his career came when he threw lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan for the Los Angeles Clippers, and he was able to relive that experience when he found Wembanyama on the outskirts of San Antonio.