"We'll deal with it [Paul's contract] later, '" the ESPN insider said.
"We'll see how that plays out in their contract talks [with Paul] here in free agency". Or Houston can pull the plug and elect to find someone that cannot only help them win now but won't be such a burden later in his career.
Paul averaged 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season, his first, in Houston.
Despite being among the NBA's elite point guards when healthy, injuries have derailed the 33-year-old throughout his career.
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And based on his history - one where he, as the president of the NBA Players' Union, has often pushed other players to take nothing less than the max deal - Paul isn't likely to take a pay cut, even if that means signing LeBron James this summer.
"If Paul stays with the Rockets, Houston becomes the closest thing to a favorite on my scorecard, no matter how complicated it would be for the 65-win Rockets and their general manager, Daryl Morey, to orchestrate the requisite salary-cap gymnastics to bring James in". According to Adrian Wojnarowski however, both James and George will reportedly meet prior to free agency to discuss pairing up in LA and signing with the Lakers together. James has twice passed on the chance to sign with James Dolan's woefully underachieving, but storied, franchise as a free agent, but Martin said he thinks the arrival of Fizdale and James' legacy-building mindset could make the third time a charm.
Restricted free agent center Clint Capela is expected to receive a massive raise this summer, while Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green are among key unrestricted free agents.