• Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Player Option
  • Age: 31 (05/06/1985)
  • Career averages: 35.7 minutes, 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 steals
  • Career slash line: .472/.367/.865

Chris Paul is getting up there in years, but he’s still the best point guard in the NBA and this summer he’ll be paid like it.

The Clippers will do everything in their power to keep him around, but this is his sixth season in L.A. with the same core group. If they come up short in the playoffs again, Paul could go looking for a new team.

The Clippers are facing a huge summer with both Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick becoming free agents. It’s a do or die season for the Doc Rivers’ team, and right now they’re playing like it (16-5). But if they don’t win a championship then none of that 16-5 record matters.

Paul is close friends with Carmelo Anthony, and the thought of playing with Kristaps Porzingis could be intriguing.

You’ll never have to worry about CP3 getting in the way of Porzingis’ shots either. Paul is arguably the most efficient player in the NBA.

Paul is fifth in assists but an incredible third in assist to turnover ratio and currently averaging 17.8 points per game on just 12.5 FGA. His usage percentage (24.1%) is lower than KP’s (24.3%).

It goes without saying that he’d be an incredible addition. Paul immediately makes Porzingis better and gives the Knicks another lethal mid-range option alongside Melo.

The chances of CP3 leaving the Clippers are slim.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.