Chris Paul wants to win an NBA championship like his buddies LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The easiest way is to join James in Cleveland, but a move to the Cavaliers appears highly unlikely.
The Cavaliers have Kyrie Irving manning the point guard position and is unlikely to get traded. This leaves Paul without a room in Cleveland even if he wants to play with James.
The Bulls already have Rajon Rondo paired up with Wade. And frankly, the Bulls are not even close to becoming a threat to the Cavaliers next season. So where is the most ideal landing spot for Paul?
It is a foregone conclusion that Paul will leave the Los Angeles Clippers if they fail to win the title in the coming season. The 31-year-old playmaker will be playing in the final season of his five-year, $107 million contract with the Clippers and will become an unrestricted free agent next summer, according to a report from Spotrac.
And if he decides to move elsewhere, FanSided’s Sir Charles In Charge noted that the New Orleans Pelicans are among the possible destinations for the 11-year veteran. It will be some sort of a homecoming for Paul, as he spent the first six seasons of his career with the franchise with the said team.
Aside from returning to his first home, Paul will have a new pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop partner in Anthony Davis. The former first overall pick could develop into a more complete player playing alongside a playmaker of Paul’s caliber. Davis will carry a bigger load on his shoulder, while Paul will bring stability to the young squad.
While the Pelicans are not a title contender yet, the report pointed out that a homecoming will be the best option for Paul, who averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 assists on top of 4.2 rebounds last season. “I think Paul just wants to move on somewhere else, and what better place than a homecoming?” an excerpt from Sir Charles In Charge reads.