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Chris Paul would ‘look pretty good in a Sacramento Kings uniform,’ says new Kings coach

Jun 4, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul

Chris Paul will be a free agent off-season, and reports that he’s angry with the Clippers have fans of every team  looking for reasons why Paul would sign with their team.

The Kings’ recently hired coach, Michael Malone, gives Sacramento fans their reason. Malone was an assistant with the Hornets when Paul played for them. Via Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee:

“Obviously, Chris would look pretty good in a Sacramento Kings uniform without a doubt,” Malone said. “He’s a great friend, somebody I had a great relationship with when I spent time with him in New Orleans. We stay in touch. He’s got a lot of things going on right now. As I told him recently, I care about him. I hope he’s okay, and whatever decision he makes is best for him and his family, and I’ll always be rooting for him.”

First of all, the Kings could renounce all their free agents, and they still wouldn’t have enough cap space to offer Paul a maximum contract. Second of all, there’s no way Paul wants to sign with the lowly Kings, even if he likes Malone.

Perhaps, Malone was just making a fashion statement, saying black and purple would complement Paul well. With all due respect to purple-hating Uni Watch, with whom I mostly agree, that’s the most logical theory.

  1. footballgod87 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Sounds like the very definition of tampering, if there was even a slight chance cp3 would have any interest in them

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      he should have done like mark cuban did and had his star player pitch to potential signees.

  2. norcald - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    It’s funny, people said the same thing about Chris Webber not wanting to play in such a small market. I’m not saying Paul is coming to Sac, but calling them lowly seems more like Hater speak than anything else.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Different situations. Webber was traded to the Kings, and then was offered a $120 million max contract. If CP3 were to come to Sacramento it would be for significantly less than he could get in LA, Houston or Dallas, all of whom could offer max contracts. It could happen sure but it would definitely be unlikely.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        I disagree as to the comment being a shot at Sacramento over the Kings. I think you may be sensitive to that thought. But it’s hard to argue that the Kings are a struggling team right now. With new ownership that may be different, but that is only speculation at this point. As a Lakers fan I certainly hope they turn it around. That was an exciting rivalry.

    • echech88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Your comment seems to suggest some kind of insecurity over being a small market but that isn’t the issue here. The issue is that the Kings, new owners or not, are PRESENTLY a horrible franchise with a horrible “star” in Cousins and a horrible arena and roster. Doesn’t matter what the city is, those three things add up to lowly.

      • norcald - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        @echech88 – Wow, it goes from lowly to horrible. Just another hater, looking to spoil the fact the Kings get to stay in Sac, with the fans that love the team, sans the owners that were ruining the team. Cousins is a great player, he just needs to get a hold of his temper. Dude isn’t even 23 yet, and people want to kick him out of the league. Any other team out there would be pining for a player with his talent, even if he weren’t going to get a lot of minutes initially.

        @asimonetti88 – As far as Webber goes, my point was that he did stay in Sac, and was the focal point on a very talented team. There wasn’t more exciting basketball in the NBA, than what was being played in Sac during a couple of his years here. In regard to the writers comment, it appeared to be directed at Sac, rather than at the Kings team. Which is simply someone who wants to pick on a small market city, because they don’t know much else other than what they see or read.

  3. ynotqwerty - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    “First of all, the Kings could renounce all their free agents, and they still wouldn’t have enough cap space to offer Paul a maximum contract. Second of all, there’s no way Paul wants to sign with the lowly Kings, even if he likes Malone.”

    This writer doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Chris Paul’s max contract in 2013-2014 is 16,402,500 according to CBAfaq. The Kings have approximately 41.59 million committed to their players not counting restricted free agents. if the cap is 60 million they have around 18+ million to spend on players.

    If they amnesty Salmons, find a trade partner for Outlaw/Thornton/Fredette they could have more room for their own free agents and others.

    Also, the Kings won’t be “lowly” if they sign CP3.

    • chicubies79 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      What’s funny here is that I can’t think of any professionals in sports that refer to other teams as “lowly”. Not the good ones at least. I guess that’s why Dan Feldman is writing these types of stories….

  4. mglatz0917 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Ok, this is like asking any NBA coach if he’d like Lebron on his team … what the heck do you expect Malone to say? “Oh, I don’t want that guy on my team, no sir!” How absurd would that be? Geez, c’mon guys you’re smarter than this …

  5. earldaniel31 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    if Kings uses the amnesty clause on John Salmons, they will have enough cap to sign CP3 to a max contract

  6. fonefifty - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    We Clips fans happen to think CP3 looks spectacular in his current uniform. Hopefully, he thinks so too.

    • zacksdad - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Clippers have always been the Clippers, are the Clippers, and will always be the Clippers. The red-headed step child of LA, even their uniform is red. Stern hands them a team and Sterling will still screw it up.

      After all the coach bridges he burnt over the years, it will take extra money to bring a decent coach. And Sterling will not pay it, so they will not get decent coach and CP3 will be in Dallas, Atlanta, or Sacramento.

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    The Kings have a better shot at Cliff Paul.

  8. sportsnut101 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Cp3 is not going to get it done in la. He’s not young kid anymore. Go to atl. Play with Sumone who can score in the post like al horford if they resign josh smith I like that team to Easter confer finals at least

    Clips only trade bait is griffin. Blake to wolves for Kevin love would be interesting

  9. bigromes916 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Being a huge Kings fan living just North of Sacramento, feel like I should step up to the plate!

    If we bring CP3 to Sacramento, we will be a playoff team. We are going to turn this thing around! So if you all want to hate on us being a small market, hate! Once we start winning again, don’t hop on the bandwagon!

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