Chris Paul has reportedly made it clear to the Houston Rockets that he's not prepared to take a discounted contract this summer and will be seeking a max deal.
When the veteran decided to join the Rockets last summer, he agreed to opt into his player option in order for the franchise to secure a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and offload multiple players to make cap room.
With Paul set to become a free agent on July 1, he's not willing to make any financial sacrifices and wants to sign the huge deal he's eligible for.
If Houston does offer the 33-year-old the full five-year max contract, it could be worth up to $205 million.
That would see the point guard earn almost $47m in the final year of that deal when he'll be 37.
With his age and injury record, this represents a risk for the Texas-based outfit but it appears it's a risk they're prepared to take.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets will meet CP3's demands and put their money where their mouth is.
“I have no indication at all that Houston is going to blink,” Wojnarowski said on ESPN Radio (via Tommy Beer of NBC Sports).
“They knew when they traded for Chris Paul that they did it for the long haul… They’re trying to win a title in the short term.”
Looking out for number one
This is likely to be the last big contract the nine-time All-Star signs and it's no surprise that he's not looking to leave any money on the table.
Paul has suffered multiple injuries in the playoffs in recent years and there's no telling how long his body will hold up as he gets older.
But committing to such a huge outlay for the All-NBA guard will make it difficult for the team to re-sign their other notable free agents, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza.
Capela is reportedly set to receive max offers from other teams as a restricted free agent and Houston will have to match it to retain his services.
That would definitely see them enter the luxury tax and it's unclear if they'd be willing to go way over it to keep Ariza too.
This would also put their chances of landing LeBron James in serious doubt.
General manager Daryl Morey will have big decisions to make and must shuffle a lot of pieces to put the best and most competitive roster together to challenge the Golden State Warriors again next season.
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