It looks like Chris Paul might be on the trade block after-all.
After months of silence, the NBA community was ready to beleive that CP3 would spend a significant amount of time playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Recent reports have indicated otherwise.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Thunder could explore trading both Paul and forward sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari to help jumpstart their rebuild this season.
But league sources fully expect the Thunder to explore trading Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari to continue their rebuild following the Russell Westbrook and Paul George blockbusters this summer. Trading Gallinari wouldn’t be difficult, provided he’s healthy. Finding a new home for Paul will be tough. He’s 34, has an injury history, and is owed $124 million over the next three years. That deal is terrifying. Paul can help himself and the Thunder out by excelling this season. All it takes is one team to bite.
Trading Galo is easy enough. The 31-year-old forward ks a scoring machine and just had a strong 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he averaged 19.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
Finding a trade partner for Chris Paul is much more challenging. The aging point guard is still useful on the court and has a variety of skills that can help the Thunder (and any other team) throughout the season. But with a contract set to pay out $124 million over the next three years, the cost of acquiring him may just outweigh the benefits.
Nevertheless, expect the Thunder to be active in their pursuit of young players and draft picks this season. Paul and Galo are, obviously, going to be big pieces in that plan.