Chris Paul Joined the Spurs Because He Wanted to Play More and Not Chase Rings

Chris Paul with the USA Basketball Team
Chris Paul with the US Basketball Team in 2012. Photo by Back Page Images/REX/Shutterstock (1815829g)

Point guard Chris Paul is considered one of the best players in NBA history who doesn’t have an NBA title on his resume. But even as Paul approaches the inevitable end of his career, he is still choosing to play as much as he can instead of chasing rings.

Paul was a free agent this offseason and elected to join the San Antonio Spurs on a one-year deal. While the Spurs are unlikely to be in contention for a deep playoff run, they can give Paul an opportunity to spend a lot of minutes on the floor, considering their lack of playmakers in the backcourt.

“I love nothing more than the opportunity to play and contribute and hoop,” Paul said during his introductory press conference on Tuesday.

According to Paul, he had the opportunity to sign with one of the teams in Los Angeles, where he would be closer to home and better positioned for an NBA title run, but still opted to come to San Antonio.

“I want to play more than anything. And that’s why I’m grateful for them and more so grateful to be here,” Paul added.

Paul spent the 2023-24 campaign with the Golden State Warriors, coming off the bench for the first time in his career and playing a career-low 26.4 minutes per game. He finished the campaign averaging 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. 

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