Los Angeles had a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals before Houston won the last three games of the series to send Paul and the Clippers home early yet again. However, according to the National Basketball Association writer Nate Duncan, Paul would have Bird rights with the Rockets next summer and could sign a full five-year max deal.
The Clippers are of the understanding that it will take a five-year deal to keep Griffin, a source told Shelburne. Now, the Clippers figure to build around DeAndre Jordan after acquiring Beverley, Williams, Dekker, Harrell and a first-round pick.
Paul reportedly notified the Clippers Tuesday night that he would be opting out of his contract. It turns out he agreed to opt-in and pave the way for a trade to the rumored-favorite Rockets. And in reality, the Clippers would likely have to meet with Griffin himself before finding a way to retain the star power forward. As an unrestricted free agent, Griffin is free to sign with any team.
The Clippers' odds to win the NBA Finals are now at 150/1. But the Rockets may not be done yet, as Tim McMahon of ESPN has reported that Houston could me making a move for another superstar. Although, he wouldn't be the best fit in Boston's offense, his presence would make the team harder to prepare for.
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There is a high chance that Melo stays with the New York Knicks as well because of the recent firing of Phil Jackson.
"I've always thought Chris for the last 10 years was the best point guard in the league, until I coached James".