Chris Paul landed in Oklahoma City this summer after two long seasons in Houston. While many are predicting his tenure in OKC to be short-lived, the Thunder (and Paul) seem ready to spend at least a full season together.
But according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, CP3 could be involved in a deal with Dallas to form a “Big Three” with Doncic and Porzingis.
“The Dallas Mavericks might be closer to contending than everyone thinks if the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis pairing looks as good in practice as it sounds in theory. But this club could use another shot-creator, and Paul sits several stories above incumbents Delon Wright, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea. Paul reportedly pushed for more set plays last season, per ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon, and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is one of the best X’s and O’s tacticians in the business. Paul is also a good enough outside shooter (career 37.1 percent) that his arrival wouldn’t stunt Doncic’s on-ball development. If the Mavs want to go all-in, this is their move.”
CP3 is on one of the worst contracts in the NBA, due to make over $100 million in the next few years.
But, even at 34-years-old, Chris Paul can be an asset to his team in scoring and defense. Last season, he averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds on 41% shooting. In Dallas, those numbers would have eased pressure from their dynamic duo.
Expect the Mavericks to at least consider the deal as they fight for playoff standing in the West.