The LA Clippers have been dealt a major blow ahead of next season as it appears that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will not be with the LA franchise any longer.
According to reports, the duo will not continue with the Clippers, and instead will choose to be free agents.
If either re-sign with the Clippers, they are set for huge paydays, with Griffin potentially earning $175million and Paul $205million over five years, per The LA Times.
This would be significantly less should they sign with other franchises.
This further fuels speculation that Paul will play alongside LeBron James, as the pair’s friendship has led to huge speculation that they may join forces at some point.
The NBA free agency period starts on July 1.
BREAKING: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will opt out of their contracts and become free agents. pic.twitter.com/dAn67SIgVA
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) June 23, 2017
ESPN : Chris Paul and Blake Griffin opt out of contracts
DeAndre Jordan : pic.twitter.com/L1xCEVvsCp
— Dewight White (@InBossYouTrust) June 23, 2017
However, there is a belief that they will be back playing for the Clippers next season, and there is no need to stress over the issue.
I don’t see Chris Paul turning down 5 years, $210 million in a couple weeks. Especially since he’ll be 36-37 in the 5th year of the LAC deal
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) June 23, 2017
Everyone knew Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were opting out this summer back in 2013, right? Just checking.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 23, 2017