L.A. Clippers Have Chris Paul, Who’s Next?
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
So now that the Los Angeles Clippers have Chris Paul for the long haul, what’s next?
They aren’t done building their roster, as unrestricted free agent O.J. Mayo was the second target of their free agency pursuits after the obvious attention was paid to Paul. At 12:02 p.m. ET, Mayo – who averaged 15.3 points per game last season and hit 40.7% of his three-pointers – received a call from new Clippers coach Doc Rivers about a possible partnership.
Yet because the Clippers’ payroll will be well above the salary cap after signing Paul, they can only offer him the mid-level exception (a maximum of $5.1 million annually for up to four years).
A sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks would likely be needed to land Mayo, with Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe among the possible players in such a deal. Mayo will have plenty of interest, as the Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.