After a rejuvenating season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appears that Chris Paul could be on shipped out this offseason via trade.
OKC and Paul mutually agreed a long-term option for the aging Paul was not in either of the parties best interest.
Paul, 35, was an asset dealt from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook during the NBA’s last offseason.
Paul was awarded as one of the NBA’s top point guards in the league this season earning All-Star honors for the first time since 2015-16.
Paul averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game. He led OKC into the NBA Playoffs, winning over 40 games for the Thunder.
Paul has two years remaining on his contract, where he will make $85.5 million if he elects to take his 2021-22 player option.
Pauls’ contract is no easy addition for any organization, especially for an aging point guard.
Here are Chris Paul’s top three destinations this offseason.
3.) New York Knicks
The Knicks trading for Chris Paul will not make the New York Knicks a top-tier championship team, or even playoff contenders, but it would be a great fit to help build up younger assets such as R.J. Barrett. Not only would Paul’s presence provide an established leader, but he can help the Knicks young roster start competing.
2.) Milwaukee Bucks
After a highly anticipated playoff run ended in a disappointing exit for the second consecutive season, the Bucks must make some impactful roster moves, one of which being a potential trade for Chris Paul. It was reported earlier this week Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will sign the super-max deal. If they bring Paul into the mix, and the guard could help Milwaukee reach the next level as an organization.
1.) Los Angles Lakers
Did someone say ‘Big 3?’ LeBron James is known for his masterful roster assembling skills. Paul and James have been friends in the NBA for awhile. The Lakers are in need of a big time point guard to help LeBron and Anthony Davis, look for the Lakers to make a push for Paul this offseason.