Chris Paul Landing Sports || NBA Free Agency
Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report dropped the news that the Phoenix Suns want to release Chris Paul, making him one of the most sought-after free agents on the market now that the NBA world has had time to process it. Let's look closer at possible destinations for the future Hall of Famer.
Although re-signing Paul with the Suns is not entirely out of the question, all signs point to the future Hall of Famer moving on to another team for the upcoming campaign.
Over the following two seasons, Paul will be due $60.8 million. Only $15.8 million of the total is guaranteed (for the next season). Haynes stated that Paul "wants to play several more years and is ready to help a club challenge for a title, whether he is released or traded.
Paul should be in high demand if he's prepared to accept a contract for the bare minimum. Every team ought to contact him.
Los Angeles Lakers
For several reasons, this must be first.
The LA Lakers are now thought to be the front-runners to sign Chris Paul in a trade or as a free agent. LeBron James of the LA Lakers is good friends with Paul. In the meanwhile, the Lakers could use a trustworthy playmaker to complement James. Paul could be willing to take a financial hit to finally pair up with his friend LeBron James.
For starters, Paul and his family live in Los Angeles, so moving to Phoenix gave him the enormous benefit of making fast excursions back and forth. It would be unexpected if Paul moved halfway across the nation or beyond.
James has a power play here since he is still "undecided" about playing in the NBA for a 21st season. The four-time champion has worked to get Kyrie Irving to the Lakers. It doesn't seem likely that will happen.
New Orleans Pelicans
Let's imagine the bare minimum is offered and Paul is prepared to go to a location that is not in the same time zone as his family. Multiple reunions in New Orleans are hard to top.
Paul might fill in as a typical point guard for the Pelicans because they don't currently have one. With one of the deepest rosters in the league, New Orleans would be able to keep Paul for the postseason even if the veteran's addition would push players like Herb Jones or Trey Murphy III to the bench.
Some might have doubts about that team's chances of winning a championship, but not me. Even without taking into account a healthy Zion Williamson.
It is debatable if the Los Angeles Clippers genuinely require a point guard. The team believes it does. Around the trade deadline, Kawhi Leonard made this point clear, and after Los Angeles bought Russell Westbrook off the buyout market, they heavily leaned on him, frequently at the cost of ostensibly superior guys.
Because Nah'shon Hyland is the only other real lead guard on the roster and Russell Westbrook is a free agency, LA also needs a point guard. The Clippers probably won't be able to give Paul more than the bare minimum.
The Clippers are where Paul had the best moments in his Hall of Fame career, but they have a glaring hole at point guard.
The Bucks may not have been able to fulfil their full potential because of injuries, just as the Clippers and Lakers.
After losing to the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs in five games, the Milwaukee Bucks may need some roster reinforcements. Despite their restricted financial freedom, they may still be serious contenders to sign the seasoned point guard if Chris Paul is released.
When it isn't Antetokounmpo's show, Milwaukee has struggled the most because there hasn't been enough extra energy on the court to support Middleton and Holiday. Would Lopez pop or Antetokounpo dive during a Paul pick-and-roll? Whew. Set it aside.