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Where Will Chris Paul Go? Top Landing Spots for the Veteran Point Guard
- Chris Paul will become a free agent after the Phoenix Suns decided to waive him
- NBA teams will be lining up to sign Paul, who averaged 13.9 points per game last season
- The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in signing the 38-year-old
The Phoenix Suns sent shockwaves across the NBA on Wednesday with the news that they are waiving star point guard, Chris Paul.
They decided to make the move to avoid paying him $30.8 million next season, which would have been guaranteed on June 28 if they did not waive him prior.
With the waiver, Phoenix will only accrue $15.8 million of Paul’s salary for the 2023-24 season.
The 12-time NBA All-Star suddenly becomes a free agent and will get to choose who he plays for next season.
Where will the 38-year-old play next? Here are the top landing spots for Paul.
Los Angeles Lakers
Paul knows that the only thing his career is missing at this stage is an NBA title. For that reason alone, he needs to consider the Los Angeles Lakers to be his next team.
The 17-time NBA champs are looking for a point guard after they got swept by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
D’Angelo Russell was a non-factor in that series, averaging 6.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 32.3 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc, per Bleacher Report.
The Lakers are clearly moving on from Russell after that performance, and they might sign Paul instead, now that he is a free agent.
Paul still posted solid numbers last season for the Suns, averaging 13.9 points, 8.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest in 59 games.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs got lucky in the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, nabbing the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 1997.
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They are expected to select generational talent Victor Wembanyama to be their next franchise player, per ESPN.
To accelerate Wembanyama’s development, the Spurs may offer Paul a big-money deal as they have the cap space to do so.
Paul may be enticed to join the five-time NBA champions as he would have an opportunity to team up with a once-in-a-lifetime star in Wembanyama and play under the great Gregg Popovich for the first time in his career.
The Bulls have a glaring hole at the point guard position, with Lonzo Ball’s knee injury showing no signs of ending soon. He has not played since January 2022, and reports have surfaced that retirement might be on the cards for Ball.
If that is the case, the Bulls may go for Paul to bolster their lineup. Paul may be enticed to join them as they have a solid core with Nikola Vučević, Zach LaVine, and DeMar DeRozan.
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