On the “Sedano and LZ” show, former NBA player (and current ESPN analyst) Kendrick Perkins explained why he is convinced Chris Paul will be wearing a Lakers jersey next year.
“That’s the guy I think y’all are going to lose. We all know how great of friends LeBron James and Chris Paul are. Chris Paul has been on record this offseason saying that his destinations are the Lakers in L.A. or with New York.
And I think he’s going to be a Laker. I’m telling you. I can see it happening right now, with him and Sam Presti possibly coming up with a buyout if they can’t come together and get a trade done.
I’m like 85% sure Chris Paul will be a Laker next year.”
Paul, 35, is coming off an admirable season with the Thunder, in which he averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game on 48.9% shooting. He led an underdog OKC squad to the 5th seed in the West.
He has had close ties with LeBron James since the two became friends at some point in their early years in the league. And while they have yet to become teammates, the 2020 offseason has widely been speculated to be the one where James is finally able to bring in CP3.
The Oklahoma City veteran is set to make over $80 million through the '21-22 season.