Chris Paul To Lakers Trade Rumors Earn Mixed Reactions

Chris Paul To Lakers Trade Rumors Earn Mixed Reactions

Chris Paul has been a vital piece of the Phoenix Suns’ core over the past few years as they have gone from Western Conference bottom-dwellers to legitimate title contenders.

That said, in recent weeks chatter has picked up around the league that all parties involved understand the end of their relationship might be near.

It all started about two weeks ago, when word began to emerge that the Suns were starting to look towards what their future would look like post-Paul. That is when folks started buzzing about them being one of four teams in the hunt for Toronto Raptors point guard Fred Van Vleet.

While it remains unclear whether Phoenix will go after VanVleet or Terry Rozier of the Charlotte Hornets or who, this week the other side of that coin became a topic of conversation: what will happen to Paul?

On Monday, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report suggested a four-team trade that he thinks might solve everyone’s problems. In that deal, Paul would end up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“If L.A. moves Westbrook, the team needs to replace his shot creation,” Pincus wrote.

“Though later in his career, Paul would be an upgrade. He has a strong relationship with James and gives the Lakers financial flexibility with two additional seasons (the last one at $30 million is non-guaranteed). Health is always a concern when a player nears 40, but it might be a risk the team needs to take to have a better chance of postseason success.

“Depending on who else comes back in the deal, L.A. may also be able to lower its luxury-tax penalty (approximately $44.2 million) by going from Westbrook’s $47.1 million to Paul’s $28.4 million. Perhaps the Lakers can get Jae Crowder out of Phoenix in the deal and/or Mason Plumlee/Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Hornets.”

The Lakers obviously need a more reliable point guard option around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but whether 37-year-old Paul is the right person remains to be seen.

NBA fans had mixed reactions to this potential move.

If the Lakers don’t go this route, they are still being linked to a potentially big trade with the Toronto Raptors and notable potential swap with the Chicago Bulls.

With Feb. 9’s NBA Trade Deadline rapidly approaching, the next week and change promises to be hectic.

Will Paul still be on the Suns come Feb. 10? Will the Lakers make a big move? The answer to both of those questions should come sooner rather than later.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.
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