While Paul George is under contract with the LA Clippers until 2024, with a player option for the 2024-25 season, recent history has shown long-term contracts to mean nothing other than guaranteed money. With superstar players frequently forcing their way to other teams, even at the beginning of long-term deals, long-term contracts no longer guarantee long-term partnerships.
On Sunday, Lou Williams and Joe Johnson faced off in the Johnson and Williams are both older now, but they are two of the more popular played in the NBA over the last decade. Johnson is 41-years-old, and he had not played in the NBA since 2018, before playing in one game for the Boston Celtics this past season. As for Williams, he is 35-years-old and played in 56 games for the Atlanta Hawks this past season.
Barnes has been in trade discussions and rumors over the last several years, and the thing that separates Barnes from the aforementioned stars such as Siakam and Green is that he’s probably more gettable for a team like the Clippers than the other two are. Because Barnes is entering the final year of his current contract with the Sacramento Kings, he’s eligible for an extension that could max out at four-years, $99 million according to HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan.