Chris Paul Needs To Be a Priority for Bucks This Offseason
Sometimes, there are things we’re wrong about. What’s important is that we own that versus running away with the popular take in the streets. When it came to Chris Paul to the Milwaukee Bucks, I had no interest. Due to his contract and his age, it didn’t feel like the right move for Milwaukee. Fast forward nearly a calendar year. Bucks are eliminated early again from the playoffs. They cannot get any support from their point guard position. And Milwaukee desperately needs to shake up their roster for next season. Insert CP3. The rumors have already begun, and with Oklahoma City and Billy Donovan parting ways, the rebuild is on for Oklahoma City. Paul will be available and Milwaukee will likely have the first crack.
Paul proved a lot of people wrong by having an incredible year. He took a mediocre to average Oklahoma City team and made them into a playoff team. They were a few baskets away from advancing in Game 7 and playing the Los Angeles Lakers right now. Paul shot his best field goal percentage since 2013-2014 with the Los Angeles Clippers and had the best two-point percentage of his career. He isn’t a three-point shooter which goes against what the Bucks do, but unlike Eric Bledsoe, Paul doesn’t force shots up there. He did see a dip in assists per game, but let’s remember, he had virtually no one last year. Having Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will be there for him next season.
When it comes to an actual deal for Paul, Bucks general manager Jon Horst will have to get creative. A third team is likely going to be needed. Bucks aren’t going to deal Middleton, which means, they’ll have to move some of their other contracts. Names like Eric Bledsoe, Donte DiVencenzo, Robin Lopez, Brook Lopez, George Hill, could all be on the move. While all players have had moments with the Bucks in the last season or the one before, they need to upgrade their team, and the guys they have are not working. To stay status quo this offseason would be disaterous.
Could October 2019 Charlie be right? Yes. 100 percent. Paul could become a fossil. It would be on brand for the Bucks to trade for Paul only to have him past his prime already. Paul does have injury issues with his hamstrings and ankles, but Milwaukee does have a good training staff.They’ll take care of that and make sure Paul is staying healthy throughout the year. Every trade has some sort of risk baked into it. This is the risk of dealing for CP3 with his contract.
It seems like only a manner of time before CP3 is part of the Milwaukee Bucks.