Welcome NBA fans; the rumor mill is buzzing. Lucky for you your friends at Border Fuel Sports got you covered. With some of the biggest names trending in trade talks we’ll take an in-depth look. Here in this column, we will feature Thunder point guard Chris Paul.
He’s one of the top playmakers in today’s game, and he’s a future hall of fame inductee with career averages of 18.5 ppg, 9.5 apg, and 4.5 rpg, respectively. Last off-season, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as they were looking to rebuild, and shedding contracts is how it’s done in today’s NBA.
They traded Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul, and Paul George was traded to the Clippers for future picks and a promising young player in Shai Gildeous-Alexander. Although Chris Paul led that team to the playoffs last season, the rebuild must continue for the franchise; so, Chris and the Thunder should have mutually anticipated this moment. He’ll be looking to go to a contender; however, the Thunder are looking for the best package for his services. There’s been talk of several teams who could be interested in Paul.
Starting with the New York Knicks who need anyone they can get to make their franchise respectable. This team holds the eighth and seventeenth puck in this year’s draft. They are in desperate need of a true professional in the locker room to build a culture.
They have some promising young players in R.J Barrett and Mitchell Robinson. They wouldn’t be willing to part ways with those guys. Julius Randle and Kevin Knox could be in play with this deal. It could look like this:
- Kevin Knox
- Elfrid Payton
- Julius Randle
- 2020 8th first-round pick
- Chris Paul
The Phoenix Suns could look to add him in hopes of a playoff push as well. Paul and Booker would instantly be one of the best backcourt tandems in the western conference. Chris Paul would facilitate the offense and Booker would be free to roam picking his spots offensively. A more balanced attack will pay dividends to their success next year.
Phoenix has the assets to pull off a trade. If they are serious about winning, Paul’s the man for the job; a trade could look like this:
- Kelly Oubre
- Ricky Rubio
- 10th overall pick.
- Chris Paul
The last team we’ll feature in the Chris Paul sweepstakes is the Clippers. This will be a reunion if it happens. He spent his best years with the organization, creating the high flying offense known to fans as Lob City. He should have his jersey hanging from their rafters when it’s said and done.
The Clippers showed their need for a true point guard in the playoffs. The only one on the roster came late last season after being bought out by the Detroit Pistons is Reggie Jackson. He’s not the facilitator or leader that Paul is. Kawhi Leonard could use the help he had the ball in his hands too much trying to squeeze through double teams. Playing off the ball would put him back in his natural position, allowing him to feast on match-ups and focus on his defensive approach, which is his calling card.
Paul George would benefit the most and could finally look like his old Pacers days. They don’t have many picks or young assets after the George trade; so, it would be a possible sign and trade featuring Montrezl Harrell. This deal would look this way:
- Montrezl Harrell
- Landry Shamet
- Two future 2nd round picks
- Chris Paul