Skip to main content

Report: Chris Paul Is Already Trying To Recruit LeBron To Houston

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

As soon as Houston's season came to an agonising end, Chris Paul was already onto the task of making next team's roster that much better.

Just as Draymond Green did back in 2016 after a Game 7 loss to LeBron James in the Finals, calling up Kevin Durant in the Oracle Arena parking lot to try and convince him to sign with Golden State, CP3 has already gone about trying to recruit James to sign with Houston this offseason, only a day removed from their loss to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Houston has been one of the leading destinations to acquire LeBron's services this upcoming summer, and with close friend Paul on the roster, that could be the deciding factor between James playing for Houston next season, or somewhere else.

According to the New York Times' Marc Stein in his NBA newsletter, CP3 immediately got to work trying to recruit King James.

"But the modern-day Warriors and Cavaliers, in a bloated league of 30 teams, trumped them all. Cleveland’s Game 7 triumph in Boston also came with the bonus of (hopefully) preventing speculation about LeBron’s free-agent future from completely swallowing up the actual championship series.

Don’t get me wrong: There will still be plenty of talk over the next two weeks about what James will do July 1 and the growing belief that he’ll be leaving his home-state Cavaliers this offseason to join a team better suited to consistently challenge Golden State. Rest assured that the Rockets’ understandably devastated Chris Paul — who made a fast exit from Toyota Center late Monday night after being forced to watch the biggest game of his life from the bench because of his hamstring injury — has already begun his recruitment of James to Houston."

To acquire James this free agency period, the Rockets would pretty much have to blow up their entire roster apart from Harden, Paul and center Clint Capela, which means some of Houston's most important pieces in the form of Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon would all have to be dropped.

Instead, if LeBron did want to sign with Houston but keep some of the talent that made them such a dominant team this season, he could copy exactly what Paul did to get to Houston, accepting the player option on his contract and forcing a trade to the Rockets, also known as a sign-and-trade.

Regardless, all of this talk could be rendered null and void in the matter of two weeks or so if the Cavaliers somehow defeat the Warriors in the NBA Finals.