Chris Paul has left the Phoenix Suns for the Washington Wizars as part of the trade that brought Bradley Beal Arizona.
News that the veteran greeted with surprise. After learning of it, he commented on the trade with some discontent and made it clear that he played a role in the decision Isiah Thomas. The former NBA champion with the Pistons officially holds no role with the Suns but actually serves as an adviser to Mat Ishbia and appears to have overruled general manager James Jones in the decision to let CP3 leave.
I was on a plane to New York, when I got there I saw a message from my son telling me that I had been traded to Washington. It is not easy to accept these things, even though I know very well that I am part of a business and that basically nobody owes me anything. I inferred that Mat Ishbia and Isiah Thomas wanted to change something, this trade surprised me a lot because I had talked to the GM the day before and he had not mentioned anything. Future? I haven’t had a chance to think about it, I’ve often been told that you have to stop when you start thinking about it. I absolutely did not get to that point.
Paul, in short, at 38 still wants to be a player. Hot on his trail are the two L.A. teams that thought they could pick him up as a free agent, since the hypothetical cut by Washington seemed very likely. In fact, the Wizards are in no hurry to get rid of Paul and are considering letting him be the hen to Anthony Black, a point guard coming out of Arkansas who they should select with the eighth pick in the upcoming draft. With these prospects, interesting scenarios could open up, especially if Kuzma and Porzingis also renew. Washington, in short, finds itself suspended between the possibility of a rebuilding letting Paul leave in the summer or the temptation to attempt a playoff berth by continuing with this cycle.
Also on the horizon are the Golden State Warriors who would attempt to strike a trade with Phoenix to get CP3 by letting Jordan Poole leave, with the possibility of involving a third team as well. A Curry – Paul point guard pairing would certainly be very tantalizing to fans. And it is not certain that the Bay Area franchise will not try again in the coming weeks, knocking on the Wizards’ door.