The Chris Paul trade front has been very quiet recently as teams around the league prepare to take the stage with the rosters they have. But one NBA analyst recently suggested a deal regarding CP3 that is turning some heads in the community.
It involves the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, a case can be made that the Bucks may consider upgrading their backcourt.
This might be the longest of long shots, but hear us out as Milwaukee could decide the status quo isn’t cutting it. Giannis Antetokounmpo plus a roster full of high-level support players just proved capable of delivering NBA-best performances in wins (60) and efficiency (plus-8.6). But it’s fair to question whether this group has the star power needed to take the title, or whether any shortcoming in that department might convince Antetokounmpo to think outside Wisconsin in 2021 free agency.
Turning Eric Bledsoe, a disappointing playoff performer the past two years, into Paul could communicate this front office’s level of commitment to championship contention. Paul’s outside shot and distributing would both relieve burdens on Antetokounmpo, while his defense—the best at the position by ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus—could make this group even stingier.
Buckley suggests a deal that would send Paul to the Bucks for Eric Bledsoe, Ersan Ilyasova, Robin Lopez, D.J. Wilson, and Donte DiVincenzo. Milwaukee would take a step closer to their Championship goals, and the Thunder get to rid themselves of CP3’s hyper-expensive contract.
Due to turn 35 next spring, Paul is on one of the NBA’s worst contracts. Ηe is set to make over $115 million over the next three years. This fact has turned off many teams to the idea of trading for him. But for Milwaukee, it could prove beneficial if he can help bring them a Championship. His shooting, play-making, and defensive abilities will be especially valuable alongside Giannis.
Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game in his latest season.