After suffering an early playoff elimination, the Los Angeles Lakers may be retooling in the offseason. And Chris Paul could be someone the Lakers try to recruit.
According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the Lakers are interested in signing “an elite veteran point guard” this offseason. Chris Paul, who has a player option with the Phoenix Suns that he can exercise by August 1, is reportedly a target for LeBron James.
CP3 isn’t the only veteran guard on the Lakers’ radar though. Per the report, Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards is also someone who could join the Lakers on a sign-and-trade.
“According to sources, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been on the hunt for veteran point guard, and Paul is on the list,” Spears wrote. “There have also been talks about Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook being a potential candidate to move back home to Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade deal that could include free agent point guard Dennis Schroder, forward Kyle Kuzma and guard Talen Horton-Tucker, sources said.”
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 21, 2021
Chris Paul has made 11 All-Star appearances in 16 seasons and is coming off his first trip to the NBA Finals. His Phoenix Suns came up short against the Milwaukee Bucks, losing in Game 6 after taking a 2-0 lead.
Paul is 36 years old but coming off a superb season where he averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game in the regular season while leading the league in free-throw percentage. In the playoffs, he averaged 19.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 8.6 assists as the Suns reached the Finals for the first time in decades.
But CP3 still needs that NBA championship ring to cement his NBA legacy. If that means joining a super team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it’ll be hard to turn down the chance.
Will Chris Paul join the Lakers this summer? Should he?