After the Finals, one of the first questions Chris Paul answered concerned his looming free agency. “We just lost a few minutes ago,” he said. “Everything else will take care of itself.”
CP has a player option worth up to $44 million, but he’s reportedly interested in a long-term deal. According to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in making a run at the Point God.
Paul could opt out and sign a three-year deal in Phoenix, then be part of a sign-and-trade — which the Lakers would likely need to execute since they’re already over the cap.
Or he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Don’t count anything out, particularly in this era of player empowerment. James Harden had three years left in Houston but forced a trade to Brooklyn — and Houston didn’t even take any players from the Nets.
LeBron James and Paul have been close for years. In fact, the two were in each other’s weddings, and CP is godfather to Bron’s oldest son, Bronny.
Perhaps things will come full circle: In Dec. 2011, former NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed a three-team trade that would’ve sent Paul to the Lakers. Instead, he was traded to the Clippers.
Like I said, don’t count anything out.