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Could Chris Paul be traded?

Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It has been well publicized how Chris Paul has failed to reach the Conference Finals, let alone win a championship on any of the teams he has played for over his 11-year NBA career.

Early in his career with the New Orleans Hornets, Chris Paul made the Playoffs a combined 3 times in 6 years, making it to the second round once. After his move to the LA Clippers, CP3 has made it to the Playoffs every season, from 2012 to 2016, yet has fallen in the second round 3 times, and didn't even make it past the first round the other 3 seasons.

So maybe a change is needed for both Chris Paul and the Clippers? Maybe CP3 needs to join up with another star player, someone greater than Blake Griffin. Someone who he is great friends with on and off the court. Yes, I'm talking about LeBron James.

LeBron James has publically stated that he wants to play with Chris Paul at least once in his career, so why not make it happen?

A straight swap between Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul would work for both parties. CP3 gets traded to a team straight off a championship in the Eastern Conference, alongside LeBron James, and Kyrie gets moved to a team where he is the number one option on offense, and can showcase his talents he offered in this year's Finals series.

LeBron would also be ecstatic about this, as he would get to play with one of his close friends, and a top 3 point guard who looks to pass instead of shoot, something James has criticised Irving of in the past.

Imagine CP3 in a Cavs jersey, throwing pinpoint alley-oops to LeBron in transition, instead of the trash J.R. Smith throws up for King James. And on the other side, envision Kyrie in a Clippers jersey under the bright lights of the Staples Centre, hitting a game winner over Steph Curry, as they would play in the same division.

And the biggest benefit in all of this: Chris Paul would finally win that ring he has so desperately wanted over the past 11 years. As mentioned above, Chris Paul-led teams rarely make it out of the first round, but with LeBron James on your team, not making The Finals is pretty much impossible.

This scenario isn't very likely to happen as Kyrie was integral to Cleveland's title run, but it may be just what Chris Paul needs to win that illusive ring.