Most Likely Trade Destinations for Chris Paul

David Kaestle
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With Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets being eliminated from the NBA Playoffs for the second straight season by the Golden State Warriors, there are reports that Rockets' GM Daryl Morey plans to be aggressive in trying to improve the team this offseason. While it might seem crazy to break up one of the best teams in the NBA, Morey said he would consider trading anyone on the roster, including the future Hall of Fame point guard.

While Paul still has some quality basketball left in the tank, it's clear he's on the decline. With his contract only getting more and more difficult to move by the day, it might be more beneficial for the Rockets to get some value for him via trade.

If Morey will consider any and all options, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Paul.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers' primary goal might be to sign a big-name free agent or trade for Anthony Davis, but given the laundry list of issues going on with the franchise right now, there's a real shot none of that comes to fruition. That makes trading for Paul their next best option to improve the team. Despite having a potential star already at point guard in Lonzo Ball, both he and Paul have proven they can play effectively off the ball. They'll have the cap space to absorb Paul's contract, if they miss out on signing other stars, and maybe a package around Kyle Kuzma could be something that entices the Rockets.

2. Chicago Bulls

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The Bulls also in need of a point guard now that they've seemingly decided that Kris Dunn isn't the long-term answer. With roughly $23 million in projected cap space this summer and players like Zach LaVine to build a deal around, Chicago could be a good spot for Paul to land. The nine-time NBA All-Star paired with the young talent on the Bulls' roster would likely be a playoff team in the East next season.

1. Phoenix Suns

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The Suns seem to always at the top of the list whenever a point guard comes up in free agency or trade talks, and Paul is no different. Armed with tons of young talent, including potential trade chips in Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges, the Suns have the pieces and the cap space to swing a trade for Paul. And he could be the leader this young team needs to take the leap from a lottery team to a playoff contender.

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