There are a lot of dynamics at work as the Suns try to navigate a pathway to move Chris Paul to a new team.
Chris Paul has captivated NBA headlines ever since it was announced he would be waived by the Phoenix Suns.
One team that has an interest in him already traded for him years ago, but the deal was struck down by former commissioner David Stern.
The Los Angeles Lakers have “strong interest” in signing Chris Paul if the Phoenix Suns release the 38-year-old point guard, Lakers team sources told The Athletic’s Jovan Buha.
Paul has yet to be waived, and it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that waiving the guard is only one of the possible actions the franchise is weighing.
The only other option is to trade the 38-year-old or just keep him on his current contract, but his services come with a hefty price tag. Paul still has two years remaining on a four-year, $120 million contract he signed with Phoenix prior to the 2021-22 season.
The Lakers face roster questions and more after star LeBron James expressed after the season that he would at least think about retirement. Bringing Paul on would stop those thoughts almost immediately.
Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell, who was acquired at the trade deadline in February, is also a free agent. However, he had a terrible stretch in the playoffs that might see the team not bring him back.
Paul is entering his 19th NBA season after averaging 13.9 points and 8.9 assists in 2022–23, but he has struggled with injury problems the past three postseasons.
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