If the Golden State Warriors make a major move at the 2024 trade deadline, it is possible that Chris Paul has already played his last game in blue and gold.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the future Hall of Fame point guard is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to recover from a fractured left hand. This timeline aligns with Chris Paul’s possible early return to the floor with the Warriors on Feb. 8, the last day NBA teams can trade during the 2023-24 season.
Paul suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Warriors’ much-needed home win over the lowly Detroit Pistons last Friday. After the final whistle, the team immediately announced that Paul suffered a fracture and would require surgery.
Golden State is one of basketball’s most intriguing prospects as the trade deadline rapidly approaches. Former lottery picks Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody–both expiring contracts this summer–have recently expressed frustration with their fluctuating roles in Steve Kerr’s rotation, fueling existing speculation about a possible trade of one or both as part of a package for a star-level veteran.