After being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, many people thought Chris Paul was done, but Paul bounced back, averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 assists per game while leading the Thunder to the playoffs. Nobody had the Thunder down to be playoff team, but with Paul’s leadership, Oklahoma City overachieved.
The Thunder may trade Paul in the offseason to get some more younger players and picks. Paul is due to make $41.4 million next season, and it may be hard to find a trade partner. He showed that he still has more games left in him and he could be a missing piece to a team contending for a title.
Mike Conley Jr. was supposed to help take the Utah Jazz to the next level, but his numbers declined this past season with the Jazz. A trade for Paul with Conley and some protected picks could work. Conley is an excellent two-way player, and his contract comes off the books before Paul’s does. Mitchell and Paul put together would be a dynamic dual and could make noise for Utah.
It would be tough to pull a trade for Paul off; it would probably have to be a three-team deal, but the Milwaukee Bucks would be an excellent fit for Paul. He would bring toughness on both ends of the floor and be an outstanding player that would be able to be Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s, right-hand man. The Bucks need a good point guard who can hit open shots and play defense. Paul would be the leader the Bucks need to secure a championship birth.
The Philadelphia 76ers would be an interesting fit and it could take them to the next level. Acquiring Paul would slide Ben Simmons back to a point power forward, and it would give the 76ers an outside shooter. Paul could do wonders for Joel Embiid to make sure he gets his touches and ball in spots where he can do damage. The Process could finally come true for a 76ers organization that has faltered multiple times throughout the years.
With Paul’s contract, every possible trade could be tricky, yet he can still help a lot of teams get to the promised land that is dubbed the NBA Finals.