Reports of Chris Paul’s demise were greatly exaggerated heading into the 2019-20 season. After struggling with injuries in his two years in Houston, Paul proved that he is still one of the best point guards in the league with a fully healthy, All-Star season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But the Thunder aren’t exactly interested in a fielding a contender right now, which means Paul might be most valuable somewhere else. According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 84 percent of fans believe that Paul will not start next season with the Thunder.
The Knicks received the plurality of votes, as 29 percent of fans think New York will swing a trade for the future Hall of Famer. Another 14 percent of fans believe the Lakers will make a deal for Paul, nine years after attempting to trade for him the first time.
The remaining 41 percent of fans are undecided among the remaining 27 teams. Milwaukee has been mentioned as a destination for Paul, and Phoenix also makes sense if the Suns want to make a playoff push.
The Clippers would love to get Paul back in a LA uniform, but Oklahoma City already owns essentially all of the Clippers’ future draft picks. LA just doesn’t have anything else to entice the Thunder in a trade, even if the Clippers can easily come up with the requisite salary.
This isn’t like the Jrue Holiday situation, when the Pelicans are trying to make a deal before Holiday hits free agency. OKC is dripping with future picks, and is in no rush to move Paul unless an offer blows them away. The best hope for the Clippers is if Paul asks to go to L.A., where his family still lives, and the Thunder do him a solid.
What uniform do you think Paul will be wearing next season?
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