Chris Paul is still one of the better basketball IQ’s in the game today. Even with age, Paul’s tremendous basketball mind adds value to any team. One of the better guards in the last decade and a basketball savant who has aged gracefully. Any team who is trying to contend now would be fortunate to acquire his services.
The Pistons had quite the offseason so far, but have yet to make that move to create serious contending buzz surrounding their franchise. Detroit basketball should be feared and felt by the entirety of the league. Adding a true floor general and reviving one of the best 1-2 punches in the league in a few years ago would do wonders. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin had a falling out, but their chemistry to be was off the charts.
A few things we have to consider about the difference of this pairing now. They would be in a weaker conference in the East. Blake Griffin is coming off the best year of his career. Andre Drummond is slightly better than DeAndre Jordan in the way that he is actively working to diversify his offensive repertoire. Drummond is starting to shoot jumpers and is more mobile than Jordan. The Pistons have to position themselves to take the next step. There is no point to be another first round exit next year.
The Thunder would bring back a familiar face in Reggie Jackson, which the fans would love in a potential rebuild. The return of a former fan favorite. Galloway and Snell would add much-needed spacing to a team that desperately needs the outside shooting touch. To me, Thon Maker is the most intriguing piece in return with his two-way upside. A skilled rim protector with unreal athleticism and a smooth j.
The Thunder Receive: Reggie Jackson, Langston Galloway, Tony Snell and Thon Maker
The Pistons Receive: Chris Paul
The Timberwolves are in the hunt for a star to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns. Chris Paul would fit in seamlessly. The trading of terrible contracts always make for interesting swaps, but I believe both teams could find common ground here. The Timberwolves are trying to turn potential into results. The Wolves have made a lot of under-the-radar moves this summer, but nothing to take them to the next level. Next level meaning playoff contention.
Chris Paul can be the leader Minny desperately needs. As a young team pining for playoff contention, the Timberwolves need a new floor general. Derrick Rose is Detroit bound, Jeff Teague is on the injury shelf, and Tyus Jones wanted to get paid by Memphis. The addition of Shabazz Napier is solid, but he is not a starting guard. CP3 and KAT could potentially become one of the best 1-2 punches in basketball. A starting lineup of Chris Paul, Josh Okogie, Robert Covington, Noah Vonleh and Karl-Anthony Towns is through the roof with great two-way upside. Chris Paul can function as an offensive visionary willing to defer to the young guns. Paul makes players around him better.
The Thunder are actively seeking to move on from Chris Paul. Paul does not correlate with the present goals of a rebuilding franchise. A young wing-like Andrew Wiggins and veteran guard in Jeff Teague could fit in their way. Wiggins is working hard to bounce back and have a comeback season. If Andrew is willing to put in the work, he can be a superstar. The proverbial asterisk surrounds him because we have not seen him put in the work.
Teague is the type of guard that is good enough to make for a watchable product on the floor but would not impede the Thunder’s present goals. Teague could also function as a movable asset. In any event, the guard has a history of winning behind him and can be a viable mentor to Shai and has existing chemistry with Schroder. The Thunder does have to deal with one of their picks, but they are not lacking in the pick department.
The Thunder Receive: Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague
The Timberwolves Receive: Chris Paul and a future 1st rounder
The Magic are in a peculiar spot. They finally ended their seven-year playoff drought last season, but have had the most underwhelming offseason. Overpaying for Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic leaves the Magic on the outs as far as the forecasted standings go. I’m having a tough time seeing the Magic as a playoff team. Stagnancy kills in a league that is constantly reshaping itself. The biggest concern for the Orlando Magic is lacking a big three in a Superteam run league. The best teams either have a superstar duo or a decent triple tandem. I want to believe in Magic, but do the Magic believe in forwarding progress. The addition of Chris Paul could create a new big three in Orlando. Anyone who knows basketball can see the obvious upgrade over a glorified back up in DJ Augustin and potential draft bust in Markelle Fultz. A big three of Nikola Vucevic, Chris Paul, and Aaron Gordon will make for the best Magic team since the Dwight days. A team that could lowkey win the East.
To get something you have to be willing to part with assets and Sam Presti is on the prowl. A package of Jonathan Isaac, DJ Augustin, Mo Bamba, and a 1st rounder is very salivating. The two-way promise of a young wing in Isaac and Bamba added much muscle over the summer. Augustin can function as a solid bench piece or a movable asset for more picks or a young player. A first-rounder to a pot of endless picks for Mr. Presti. Yes please, where can he sign up?
The Magic Receive: Chris Paul
The Thunder Receive: Jonathan Isaac, DJ Augustin, Mo Bamba and a first rounder