It looks like Houston Rockets’ point guard Chris Paul will not settle for anything less than a max contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Although there have been reports that the 33-year-old could offer the Rockets a discount in order to help them create a more competitive team, that won’t be the case according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Speaking on his The Woj Pod podcast, Wojnarowski said that there are no indications that Paul will settle for anything less than a max deal.
“When the Rockets made that deal for Chris Paul, knowing they would re-sign him [once he hit free agency], they made a conscious decision that they were gonna have to live with [paying him] $46, $47 million-a-year salary when he’s not nearly the player anymore in his late 30s, but, ‘We’re gonna make a run at it now; we wanna win a championship now. We’ll deal with it [Paul’s contract] later.’” – said Wojnarowski. “We’ll see how that plays out in their contract talks [with Paul] here in free agency. Chris Paul didn’t turn down $200 million from the Clippers because he thought that somehow the Rockets were gonna talk him into saving them luxury-tax money. I don’t imagine it playing out that way.“
After spending more than six years with the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul decided to team up with James Harden and join the Houston Rockets in June 2017. It turned out to be the right move, since the Rockets finished the season as the top seed in the Western Conference, with Paul averaging 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.7 steals during the regular season.
Chris Paul also put on some great performances during the playoffs but suffered an injury in the Western Conference Finals which saw him missing the two final games of the series against the Golden State Warriors. Paul’s value to the team was evident in these two games since the Rockets didn’t manage to get the win and ended up missing out on NBA Finals appearance.