Chris Paul was (supposedly) waived by the Suns last Wednesday, and social media erupted with shock – and lots of memes about his daughter’s school classmates. More importantly, though, the one question on everyone’s mind was, “Where will Chris Paul play next?”
The Suns have since backtracked on that reported statement, claiming that they have not waived Chris Paul but are exploring options. It can be assumed that Paul will not be with the Suns next season.
Paul has been linked to a return to Los Angeles, with an Eastern Conference GM claiming that he has “had the dream of being a Laker and playing with LeBron James.” He also has been linked to a return to the Clippers.
Paul averaged a career-low 13.9 points per game last season with 4.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists. Age is certainly starting to catch up to the 37-year-old, who has played considerably well, given his battle against Father Time.
Despite his age, Paul reportedly plans to still play in the NBA for several more years and wants to contend for a championship. This brings up an important question.
Should the Kings attempt to sign Chris Paul?
While Paul has not been officially waived, I think it is safe to say that the Kings should not even consider trading for Paul. Yes, Paul wants to play in California, but trading for Paul and shaking up a core that has finally found its footing would be a horrible move from the Sacramento front office.
It would also be an unwise move to pick up Paul’s contract, worth over 30 million dollars. While the future Hall of Famer is obviously going to impact a team, he is not worth 30 million dollars per year in his current state.
If Paul became a free agent, the Kings could make a move. He obviously has lots of experience and can be helpful to a team, but does he fit what the Kings need?
I will go ahead and say no – the Kings should not look to sign Chris Paul.
Chris Paul will not fit well in the Kings’ high-speed dynamic, and honestly, it may shake the chemistry up way too much. The Kings have something good building here, and if done right, this can be a dynasty for years to come. Signing a player that will retire in the next few years – especially if one of those years is a championship – will cut off any chance of that dynasty coming to fruition.