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Chris Paul is one of the greatest point guards to play the game. He continues to rise on all-time scoring lists, including being third on the all-time steals list (with 2,544 steals) and third on the all-time assists list (with 11,501 assists). He has other accolades like the Rookie of the Year award in 2006, the NBA 75th Anniversary team, All-Star MVP and more. Paul played for the Phoenix Suns for the past three seasons, and this week, the Suns decided to waive him.
Paul is 38-years-old, and one of the most respected veterans of today’s game. There are contending teams that could use his skills and there are fringe playoff (or rebuilding) teams that could benefit from his knowledge. So, there is a good chance that teams will look to sign him. Here are three teams that could land Chris Paul.
1.) Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers had a shot at Paul in the past. He was a part of a deal involving the Lakers, the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Hornets. This deal happened in 2011, and was nearly complete. However, the then commissioner, David Stern vetoed the deal. At that time, the league owned the Hornets after purchasing them from majority owner George Shinn. The trade fell apart after miscommunication from Stern and the general manager of the Hornets (and the league’s issues with how the trade went down), the trade fell through.
Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers shortly after, where he spent six seasons. Now, it seems like things could come full circle, and Paul finally joins the Lakers. The Lakers have already come up in rumors involving Paul. And with his good friend in LeBron James on the roster, that could be enough to entice him to join them.
The Lakers reached the Western Conference finals this season, and a player like Paul could be what they need to get them closer to another championship. So, this is a team to keep an eye on.
2.) The Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are one of the most talented (young) teams in the league. They reached the NBA Finals last season where they lost to the Golden State Warriors, and reached the conference finals this year. The Celtics lost to the Miami Heat, and despite a good showing towards the end, some would say this season was a disappointment.
The Celtics could use not only a veteran like Paul, but a true point guard. The Celtics need someone who can get their own shot but more importantly, they know how to facilitate and get teammates involved. Paul does just that. Paul can start (while Malcolm Brogdon keeps his sixth man role) or he can come off the bench. Either way, Paul can help the Celtics. And if they decide to keep their core of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have someone who can help them reach their potential.
3.) The Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks exited the playoffs early this year, but they are still a contending team. They just need a few adjustments. The Bucks should at least try to sign Paul, as like the Celtics, the Bucks could benefit from someone who can facilitate and get their own shot (when necessary). That helps take the pressure off Giannis Antetokounmpo. Paul can start for the Bucks, and his backcourt mate would be none other than Jrue Holiday. Holiday is an exceptional defender that can score when needed. The two veterans (Paul and Holiday) could give Milwaukee a credible defensive backcourt that could give teams (even younger, more athletic backcourts) trouble.
The addition of Paul, and maybe a few young players, could give the Bucks a perfect mix (of youth and experience). And they could be a tough team to beat.
Chris Paul still has a bit left in the tank, and with the right team, he can do great things.