Bradley Beal is heading to the Phoenix Suns in the first blockbuster trade of the summer, but the exact part of the trade that sees him leave the Wizards is still being settled.
We know that Chris Paul and Landry Shamet are the players Phoenix is distributing, but Paul may not be making it to Washington. Shortly after the initial deal announcement broke, a number of reporters reported that the Wizards would be willing to work with Paul to add a third team to the deal to bring him to a contender. .
A league source said @TheAthleticNBA that Wizards officials would love to have Chris Paul on their team. But if Paul decides in the next few days that he would like to be on a contender, the Wizards will work with the Suns to find a 3rd team in trade to send CP3 to a contender.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) June 18, 2023
Part of the reason for the delay in the full completion of the Wizards-Suns trade will be to allow Washington to submit offers from third-party teams that would give Chris Paul a chance to land a contender, sources said. at ESPN.
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2023
This has led many to wonder which competitor would be willing to add Paul to his current salary, rather than hoping to end up with him in the buyout market. According to Chris Haynes, one of the teams interested in such a deal is one of his former teams, the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Washington Wizards are likely to trade Chris Paul in a trade and the Los Angeles Clippers are expected to pursue a meeting with the future Hall of Famer, league sources say @NBAonTNT, @Laundress report.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 18, 2023
The Clippers never have a problem shoveling cash into their team, as Steve Ballmer is apparently happy to pay the tax to keep LA in the conversation. Although the Clippers are expected to look to bring back Russell Westbrook this summer as a free agent, they may see Paul as an upgrade over Westbrook and a chance to add a more stable hand. to the mixture. We’ll see if they can pull it off, but they certainly have more than a few big contracts in the works that they’d be happy to move on from to work out their lock-up and create better roster balance.