After being traded for the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the package that sent Russell Westbrook to Texas, Chris Paul doesn’t seem to have a lot of options this summer, as the Thunder don’t plan to make him play a single game with them.
At his age and with his contract, CP3 will have a hard time trying to find a new team in the NBA, but that could be different according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The analyst joined ‘Pardon the Interruption’, where he broke down what are the real options for the guard ahead of next season.
Smith explained how Paul can end up finally playing with LeBron James in L.A. next season.
“CP3 has to make a decision. When he was in Los Angeles and he elected to leave, he walked away for what was going to be five years and excess of $200 million. He walked away from that and essentially cost himself anywhere from $20 to $40 million by going to Houston.
“The point is this: if you are Chris Paul, you have a decision to make. You want your money? Stay in basketball purgatory (OKC) or let them buy you out, accept a few million dollars, maybe settle for a $105, $110 million and you’re free to go wherever you want, and go join your brother LeBron James in L.A.”
That option doesn’t seem too bad for the point guard, as he would finally join the Lakers six seasons after his trade to the Purple and Gold was vetoed by the then NBA commissioner David Stern. If Paul wants to finally win a championship, going to the Lakers could be the best decision for him, even though that would mean losing a few million.