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NBA Trade Rumors: Magic Could Acquire Chris Paul

(via Forbes)

(via Forbes)

Earlier this week, we heard rumors that the Bucks could emerge in the CP3 sweepstakes, with one NBA analyst proposing a deal involving Eric Bledsoe, Ersan Ilyasova, and others.

Today, we're hearing about a new team entering the race.

According to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, the Magic could make a run for the 34-year-old point guard.

“Assuming Orlando gets a healthy Andre Roberson, this swap would help the team win now. Perception might say otherwise, but the “decline” of Paul has been overstated, and the “rise” of Aaron Gordon hasn’t really happened. Last season, Paul created the third-most points off assists per game (21.1) and more than tripled his 152 turnovers with 473 assists. His 4.76 RPM was the NBA’s 12th-best, per ESPN. He offers a level of stardom Orlando hasn’t seen since Dwight Howard shared a home with Disney, plus he has the right mindset to lead this top-10 defense and the ball skills to perk up this 22nd-ranked attack.”

Buckley suggests a package including Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, and D.J. Augustin to the Thunder in exchange for Paul, Andre Roberson, and a 2021 first-round pick.

The Thunder get to rid themselves of CP3's awful contract while acquiring some young pieces in the process. In return, with the combined forces of Vucevic and Paul, the Magic would help secure a second-straight postseason berth.

Last season, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game. While those marks are some of the lowest of his career, they still outshine most other guards in the game -- especially ones with over 10 years of experience.