NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Could Acquire Chris Paul In 2017
Some Chicago Bulls fans are already looking forward to next free agency. Some die hard fans believe the team has a serious shot at signing Chris Paul.Advertisement
Paul’s contract has a player option for 2017. If the Los Angeles Clippers have another disappointing campaign this upcoming season, he may opt out of his deal to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
According to Matthew Price of Pippen Aint Easy, Paul should consider joining his good friend Dwyane Wade in Chicago. The Bulls would be a great fit for a superb playmaker like Paul. In Chicago, he will be playing alongside two all-star wingmen in Wade and Jimmy Butler.
The Bulls also have young, promising talents who would develop quicker in a Chris Paul-led team. Michigan State standout Denzel Valentine is coming off an impressive Las Vegas Summer League tournament, while sweet-shooting sophomore Doug McDermott is expected to play major minutes at power forward starting next season.
Paul’s arrival would definitely decrease Rajon Rondo’s playing time. The former Boston Celtics point guard signed a two-year, $30 million deal with the Bulls earlier this month, USA Today reported.
Despite his passing prowess, Rondo cannot carry the team offensively like Paul can. The Bulls could try to move him in December to have enough cap space to eventually sign the nine-time NBA All-star.
Paul averaged 19.5 points, 10.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Clippers last season. He shot 46.2 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Paul and Wade would form one of the best backcourt tandems in the NBA. In an interview with Mike McGraw of Daily Herald, Paul described Wade as not only a great player but also a great guy.
In his words, Chicago “got a treat” by signing the former Miami Heat shooting guard. Needless to say, it would be an even sweeter treat if the Bulls have both Paul and Wade on the roster.