Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Suns, Knicks, Bucks, Lakers?

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There’s plenty of intrigue around Chris Paul right now.

Especially after his showing with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. In a year where the team could have fallen quietly into a rebuild, he played elite-level basketball and mentored a young group to a postseason appearance.

I spoke with NBA columnist Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson about the trade interest for Paul, who he says will become the NBA “doula” in reference to Erykah Badu. Paul’s performance in Oklahoma City shows his supreme value in helping young teams get better.

The New York Knicks are a known suitor for Paul. Brandon referenced this tweet from September where he heard the rumblings of a trade deal for Paul to land in New York.

Brandon also tweeted about a meeting with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks management in September. In that meeting, Giannis presented a wish list of stars he’d like to play with. Chris Paul was apparently on that list.

Now the reported list of teams with interest in Paul includes the Suns, Bucks, Knicks, Mavs, Jazz, Sixers, Nuggets, and Pelicans.

The Phoenix Suns seem to have the latest genuine interest in making a run at Paul.

via ESPN:

The Suns could have in excess of $20 million in salary-cap space going into the transaction season, leaving the possibility that they could assemble a trade and still look for other free agents.

Paul played a season under Suns coach Monty Williams in New Orleans from 2010 to 2011, and he has spoken highly of Williams in the past. Paul has also praised the Suns’ style of play.

“His basketball mind … I used to get so excited before the games about the plays he was drawing up,” Paul told reporters before facing Williams’ Suns in December.

Paul has two years and $85.5 million left on his contract, which is a motivation for the rebuilding Thunder to consider trading him. The Thunder, however, have told teams that they remain interested in keeping Paul for next season.

With the latest news of Russell Westbrook wanting out of Houston, plus the reported circulation of Jrue Holiday out of New Orleans, some high-tier lead guards could be on the move soon.

Watch my discussion with Brandon about Chris Paul’s trade interest below on YouTube.

 

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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