Golliver: Chris Paul Makes Sense For Lakers

CP3's contract isn't exactly small, but the Lakers should still try to acquire him, Ben Golliver says

Reiter Than You
May 29, 2019 - 8:46 pm
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Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is reportedly open to trading any player on his roster, including Chris Paul. There’s just one or two problems with that: The 34-year-old showed his age this past season – the first in a four-year deal worth nearly $160 million.

Is Paul, who averaged a career-low 15.6 points this year, untradable?

“I think some people are being too harsh in their analysis,” Washington Post NBA reporter Ben Golliver said on Reiter Than You. “I heard some people say, ‘Well, Chris Paul is untradable. It’s so much money.’ Look, that is not true at all. He’s definitely tradable. If you can get either draft picks or young players for him, this is a guy who’s not quite an All-Star. But if you’re a lottery team, if you’re a team like the Los Angeles Lakers who need somebody to help get you over the hump, he can absolutely do that.”

While Paul’s scoring was down this year, he still averaged 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals – numbers on par with his career averages.

“Is he going to be the most reliable player for a team trying to win a title?” Golliver asked. “Well, no, he’s not going to be your No. 1 guy, and I think we saw this year he might not even be capable of being a No. 2 guy anymore at this stage either. But it all depends on what your organization’s goals are. If you’re trying to make the playoffs this year and next year, I think you can absolutely talk yourself into Chris Paul, even though his contract is really big.”

Golliver believes the Heat could push for Paul, but he thinks the Lakers would be a perfect fit. 

“No question about it,” he said. “They’re facing so much pressure right now to try to change the story of their dysfunction. If you trade for a guy like Chris Paul, his arrival becomes a much better story, an easier sell, better for the media and for the fan base to kind of get excited about. So Paul is a guy I circle from (Houston’s) roster as having real trade value and also being somewhat expendable.”

Click below to listen to Golliver’s email in its entirety.