Chris Paul was the Los Angeles Clippers’ star point guard from 2011 to 2017. Now the veteran guard on a rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder squad, Paul, 35, could be on the move this offseason. Would a trade back to Los Angeles make sense for Paul and the Clippers to pair with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George?
Since leaving the Clippers, Paul has excelled with both the Rockets and Thunder, and his stock is still quite high as he prepares to enter his 16th season.
The Clippers would need to give up many of their tradable assets to be able to acquire Paul, seeing as his salary for 2020-21 swells to $41 million.
Would a move for Paul be worth it for the Clippers? Los Angeles is facing the possibility that both Leonard and George could reach free agency in 2021, and the Clippers need to be all-in on the 2020-21 season.
Let’s take a look at what the Clippers can offer for Paul, and analyze it from the perspective of both teams.