In order for the LA Clippers to continue to grow as a team some pay cuts might be in order from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
In the NBA, it takes a lot to put a championship team together. You have to have the right players in your organization, the right front office, and financial flexibility. The last part of the equation is a huge factor; it’s how Golden State built their dynasty. They drafted the right players and were able to bring in a superstar because of the flexibility they had financially.
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The hard part for Golden State will be keeping their group of All-Stars together. Curry is due a pay raise and Andre Iguodala is as well. Knowing that, in order to keep this squad together, Kevin Durant is expected to take a pay cut. Per Ramona Shelburne,
"“Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is willing to take less than the maximum contract extension he is eligible for this summer as a 10-year veteran if it helps the Warriors keep the core of their team intact, league sources told ESPN”"
I’m sure you’re wondering how this ties into CP3 and BG taking pay-cuts. Well if the Warriors superstar is willing to take less money to make his team better, then they should as well. The Clippers’ big weakness has been their depth, thanks in part to the big salaries their “Big 3” command.
If the Clippers are serious about contending, the pay-cuts these two could take would go a long way to shoring up the bench unit. It could even help give them space to bring in a Paul George or a LeBron James. Perhaps newly appointed consultant Jerry West can convince the two that if they really want to win, this is the best path to go down.