Spurs Officially Sign Chris Paul

The Spurs have officially signed 11-time All-NBA guard Chris Paul, according to a team press release relayed by ESPN’s Andrew Lopez (Twitter link).

Paul’s intention to sign with San Antonio was made public a week ago. The contract will reportedly be a one-year deal worth more than $11MM.

Paul was waived by the Warriors at the start of free agency. The 12-time All-Star figures to be a natural, if short-term, pick-and-roll partner for Victor Wembanyama.

Paul came off the bench a majority of the season for Golden State but will likely start for the Spurs. San Antonio used a variety of players to initiate the offense in Wembanyama’s rookie season with Tre Jones getting a majority of the starts at that position. Still, given that the Spurs seemed reluctant to make Jones their starter and didn’t do so until January, it seems unlikely that he would get the nod in next year’s starting five over the veteran Paul.

San Antonio’s cap space gave it an advantage over some other potential suitors for Paul. Golden State had to make a decision prior to free agency whether to guarantee Paul’s $30MM salary for the 2024/25 season. The Warriors were unsuccessful in their attempts to include Paul’s contract in a blockbuster deal, including a potential swap with the Clippers for Paul George.

Paul, who turned 39 in May, remained productive in 2023/24, averaging 9.2 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game in 58 appearances (18 starts) for the Warriors. He posted a shooting line of .441/.371/.827.

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