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After stunning the entire NBA community this season, many teams in the NBA are interested in future hall of fame guard, Chris Paul. Currently the Bucks, Jazz, 76ers, Mavericks, Pelicans, Suns, and Pelicans are all interested per Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.
After falling in the playoffs in the second-round, the Bucks will look to strengthen their roster with an all-star veteran guard to accompany Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton to form a “Big 3”. The Bucks would likely have to trade their young talent away in order to get Chris Paul since the Thunder are headed for a rebuild. Donte DiVincenzo and first-round draft picks would likely be included.
The Jazz fell short in the first-round of the playoffs this year and would likely use Chris Paul to form a “Big 3” with Mitchell and Gobert. The Jazz do not have as many young assets to trade which makes a Paul trade to the Jazz less likely than other teams.
The 76ers have hit a wall with Simmons and Embiid and will likely try to trade for Paul in order to get past the wall. The 76ers have three players that could interest the Thunder a lot. Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Shake Milton could all interest the Thunder along with some future draft picks.
The Mavericks fell to the Clippers in round-one of the playoffs and will look to strengthen their roster with Paul. The Mavericks do not have many young assets to trade to the Thunder making a trade between the two teams unlikely, but if the Mavericks do put something together that interests the Thunder, the Mavericks are looking to trade for Paul this offseason.
The Pelicans have plenty of young talent and after failing to make the playoffs this season, they will look to bring in Chris Paul to take them to the next level. Aside from Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, it appears that the Pelicans could be willing to trade anyone else on their team. The Thunder will likely be interested in trading Paul for some of the rest of their young talent such as Lonzo Ball, along with some draft picks.
The Suns have been needing a veteran who can develop young talent so they can make the next step in to the playoffs. Paul is perfect for the Suns. One position that the Suns have been needing support is the guard position, but most importantly, Paul can help develop Devin Booker. Booker has tried to replicate some of Chris Paul’s signature moves in the past and has found some success, but who better to teach them to him other than the man himself, Chris Paul. There are many packages the Suns can send to Oklahoma City for Paul so it will be interesting to see what the Suns put together.
The Knicks have struggled to make the playoffs for years and are hoping that Paul can help develop their young talent and take them to the next level. Aside from Barrett and Robinson, the Knicks are likely willing to send any other player to the Thunder. Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson revealed what the Knicks are preparing to offer the Thunder for Paul and the deal is very fair for both sides. Knox, Ntilikina, Payton, and Portis all have room to be developed and the Knicks will receive a future hall of fame guard in Chris Paul.
The Nuggets seem like the most unlikely option out of all the teams interested, but it is possible. The Nuggets are still in the playoffs and it is only up to time to tell whether or not the Nuggets win the championship this season. The Nuggets have a few young assets that they could trade for Paul, but not as many as other teams interested, making this an unlikely option.