This Lakers-Thunder trade teams up Chris Paul with LeBron James, Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to reinforce its roster to gear up to defend their championship. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the mix, the team could form a ‘Big 3″ by making a play for Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Last season, Paul averaged an impressive 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 31.5 minutes. He helped lead the Thunder to a 44-28 record en route to the 5th seed in the Western Conference— proving to still be a high-level player.

Many considered Paul’s contract as being an albatross after the Houston Rockets traded him. After earning a spot on the All-NBA Second Team with an incredible season, the Thunder now face a legitimate trade market for his services.

There will be competition for the Lakers if they were to pursue a Chris Paul trade. The New York Knicks have frequently been linked as a potential trade partner for the Thunder. However, many of their young players are underwhelming and that hurts their potential offerings.

With that being said, let’s take a look at a trade that would send Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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