3 Most Likely Chris Paul Free Agent Destinations

David Kaestle
Most likely free agent destinations for Chris Paul include the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.
Most likely free agent destinations for Chris Paul include the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Chris Paul reached the NBA Finals for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, but it didn't end the way he had hoped. With a roughly $44 million player option looming, fans around the league are wondering where Chris Paul will be suiting up next season.

It seems like a forgone conclusion Paul will opt out of his current deal, but that doesn't necessarily mean he wants out of Phoenix.

Chris Paul Free Agency

With that in mind, let's take a look at three potential destinations for Paul in free agency.

3. New York Knicks

Paul has flirted with the Knicks for years, but the stars never aligned. This offseason the Knicks will have more salary cap space than any team in the league, and are in need of a point guard. Paul is rumored to be on the Knicks short list of free agent targets. Considering his former agent Leon Rose is now the president of the Knicks, Paul could give them some serious consideration, especially if they're willing to spend more than others, or offer additional years.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are already over the cap heading into free agency this summer, but there is a world where money means nothing to Paul. There's also the potential of working out some sort of sign and trade, but that could prove to be tricky. While Dwyane Wade has retired, the rest of the "Banana Boat Crew" could team up in LA like they have openly discussed. If Paul and Carmelo Anthony want to take a pay cut in order to play together then the Lakers are a real threat here. This would make the Lakers an even more serious title threat than they already are.

1. Phoenix Suns

Returning to Phoenix on a new contract still seems like the most likely outcome at this time. They can offer him the money and the comfortability. And on a team coming off an NBA Finals appearance, with two young stars and a number of roles players poised to contribute more, it might be tough for Paul to justify walking away. If Paul wants to remain in a place that can give him the money he's worth on top of still competing for a championship, the other two teams here will fall short. It will be all about what Paul values most at this point in his career.

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