They each opted out of their respective contracts, via player option.
Los Angeles Clippers starting power forward Blake Griffin has made a decision to opt out his contract and will test the free agent market this summer. The nine-time All-Star and eight-time All-NBA selection has been linked to the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
Both Paul and Griffin are slated to become unrestricted free agents when the league year starts on July 1. Paul's player option for 2017 was $24.2 million. Paul could make up to five years, $205 million if he stayed in Los Angeles and Griffin could sign for up to five years, $175 million.
The Clippers are able to offer Griffin and Paul max deals, which would net them more money than if they were to sign with another team.
Paul, 32, scored 18.1 points per game with 9.2 assists per game this season.
He played in only 61 games this season, averaging 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds, but missed the rest of the playoffs after injuring his big toe on April 21 during Game 4 of the Clippers' first-round Western Conference series with the Utah Jazz.